Detectives investigating a shooting in north Belfast last night are treating the incident as attempted murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Natalie McNally said: “We received a report around 11.15pm last night (Sunday 21 February) that a man had been shot at the rear of a residential property in the Hopewell Crescent area. Officers attended, along with colleagues from NIAS.

“A 29 year old man was brought to hospital for treatment to his injuries, where he remains in critical condition. This shooting was a callous, brutal and violent attempt to kill, carried out in a heavily populated residential area.

“A short time later, we received a report that a burnt-out vehicle had been found on Fortwilliam Golf Course near Grays Lane. The car, which we suspect may have been used in connection with the shooting, has been recovered for forensic examination.

“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. 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 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.

“A report can also be submitted via or alternatively, information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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