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West Belfast shooting was 'assassination bid'

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
The car the man was travelling in when he was shot
The car the man was travelling in when he was shot
A forensic officer examines the scene of the meeting
A forensic officer examines the scene of the meeting

The Sunday World understands that the gun attack on a man in west Belfast this morning was an assassination bid.

The victim, a member of the Traveller community, was shot in the head as his wife drove him along Rosnareen Avenue. 

The man in his 40s was shot in the upper body when a gunman approached the window of the black Vauxhall MPV shortly before 9am.

The female driver continued along the road after the attack, finally stopping on the Shaws Road.

The shooting occurred close to a primary school as children arrived for the day. 

Sources told the Sunday World that the attack may have been the result of a feud within the Traveller community, and the weapon used in the attack may have been a shotgun. 

Two men have been arrested by the PSNI following the shooting.

Police had originally issued a statement saying the man was shot in the head, however it has since been reported that the victim was shot in the upper body.  

The man is currently being treated in hospital and his wife has been treated for shock.