Overnight shooting | 

Man shot in back in north Belfast as police hunt masked suspect who fled on foot

The man, who is aged in his thirties, was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries
Police at the scene

Police at the scene

Eimear McGovern

A man has been shot in the back on Westland Way in north Belfast in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The man, who is aged in his thirties, was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries. A masked suspect fled on foot following the incident shortly after midnight.

A large police presence was at the scene overnight.

Police at the scene

Police at the scene

Armed response vehicles, police dog units and a helicopter were all present at Westland Way.

Forensic units were also seen at the incident in the north of the city, where areas of the street were cordoned off.

Detective Sergeant Dougherty said: "A suspect, described as slim and dressed all in dark clothing with a mask on and a hood drawn tight over his face, is believed to have fled the area on foot in the direction of Westland Road.

"Our enquiries into this incident are ongoing and we would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything, or who may have dashcam or other footage, to contact police on 101 quoting reference 22 of 24/5/22."


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