West Belfast shooting victim remains critical

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
The car after the gun attack last year on Rossnareen Avenue
The car after the gun attack last year on Rossnareen Avenue

A man who was blasted in a shotgun attack on Rossnareen Avenue, West Belfast, on November 19 last year remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The 41-year-old and his wife were in a 'people carrier' car when they were approached by two men, one of whom was carrying a shotgun at around 8.30am.

They shot the male occupant of the the car in front of his wife before fleeing the scene in a silver Honda Civic which was later abandoned in Inishmore Crescent.

The men were reportedly wearing workmens' high visibility jackets.

Two men aged 18 and 50 have already been charged in court in connection with the overall investigation.

Detective Inspector Peter Mullan said: “We believe the two men came out of a vacant house in Rossnareen Avenue wearing high visibility workmen’s jackets.

“One of them approached the victim’s car and opened fire with what we believe to have been a shotgun.

“The victim remains in a critical condition in hospital and has sustained life changing injuries.

“This was a ruthless and reckless attack in a busy street at a busy time of the day.

“I am appealing to anyone with information about the incident, the two men or the silver car to come forward.

"They can contact detectives at Musgrave police station on the non-emergency 101 number, or can provide information without giving their details to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”