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West Belfast shooting will achieve nothing - Maskey

15 October, 2009

Sinn Féin MLA for West Belfast Paul Maskey has stated that the shooting of a 28 year old man in West Belfast will achieve nothing and has called on those responsible to deist from these actions.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

“The shooting of a man in Lenadoon is wrong. It was carried out by groups attempting to make themselves relevant however they must learn from the past and see that so called punishment shootings achieved very little.  

“However, the danger is that, differing from other shootings, this man was shoot in the abdomen which could easily have killed him and we would be dealing with a murder in west Belfast.

“There are other ways to deal with the issues affecting us all, both with the community and with the PSNI. Those behind the shooting must desist from these actions and engage with the community in order to actively promote community safety partnerships and accountable policing so that we can bring an end to these incidents. “

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