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Wednesday 16 April 2014

'Unacceptable' shooting condemned

Two men have been taken to hospital following a shooting, police said

The shooting of two men in Northern Ireland near dozens of onlookers has been condemned as reckless and callous.

The men who were hit in the attack at around 7.30pm on Friday night in the Oldpark Road area of North Belfast are in a serious but stable condition.

It is believed the gunman fired up to 10 shots at a 24-year-old man standing beside a Seat Toledo car.

A 22-year-old man sitting inside the car at the time also sustained gunshot wounds.

Chief Inspector Andy Freeburn, the PSNI's North Belfast Area Commander, said women and children were nearby at the time of the incident.

"This was an utterly reckless attack with up to 40 members of the public, including women and children, in close proximity," he said.

"Two people have been very seriously injured but we are lucky that we are not dealing with many more casualties today."

Chief Inspector Freeburn said the attack was "unacceptable" and no one had the right to put the safety of so many people at risk.

"An investigation into this incident was launched immediately and an inquiry team will now work to ascertain the exact details and circumstances of this shooting," he said.

"We will do everything we can to find those responsible and bring them before the courts."

Press Association

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