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mistaken identity PSNI investigate 'brutal and callous' attempted murder in Belfast

It is understood victim was shot in case of mistaken identity

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A man in his 20s is in a critical condition after being shot in north Belfast on Sunday night.
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A man in his 20s is in a critical condition after being shot in north Belfast on Sunday night. PIC PACEMAKER

A man in his 20s is in a critical condition after being shot in north Belfast on Sunday night. PIC PACEMAKER

A man shot in north Belfast on Sunday night was the victim of a case of mistaken identity, it is understood.

The PSNI have said that the attack was “callous and brutal” attempt to kill, as the 29-year-old victim continues to fight for his life in hospital.

The shooting happened in Hopewell Crescent in the Shankill area of the city and was reported to police at around 11:15 PM.

After the incident, a car was found burnt out on Fort William golf course near Gray's Lane, off the Antrim Road.

It is believed the intended victim of the attack lives in the area.

CCTV footage has been shared on social media apparently showing the car in which the gunman was allegedly travelling arriving at the scene of the crime.

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The PSNI are investigating if the burnt out car was linked to the attack 
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The PSNI are investigating if the burnt out car was linked to the attack PIC PACEMAKER

The PSNI are investigating if the burnt out car was linked to the attack PIC PACEMAKER

Loud bangs are heard in the footage before a car is seen speeding off.

The date and time on the footage appears to correlate with the date and time of the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Natalie McNally of the PSNI said: “This shooting was a callous, brutal and violent attempt to kill, carried out in a heavily populated residential area.

“We would urge anyone who was in the area of Hopewell Crescent yesterday evening, or who may have any information that could assist us with our inquiries to contact detectives.”

She added: “No matter how small or insignificant you think your information may seem, we would encourage you to come forward to police and not to share it on social media.

“We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw a dark coloured saloon car leave the area at speed just before 11.15pm.

“We would also to appeal to anyone with CCTV footage in the area, or any drivers with dashcam footage, who have yet to come forward, to call 101 quoting reference number 2006 of 21/02/21.”

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