Man 'lucky to be alive' after east Belfast shooting

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By Rebecca Black, Press Association

A man was shot at by a masked attacker as he walked in an area of east Belfast, police have said.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are treating the incident as attempted murder.

The man had been walking along the Connswater Greenway between Orangefield and Clarawood when the shots are reported to have been fired.

The incident happened on Sunday evening between 8pm and 8.30pm.

The man was not injured.

A spokesman for the PSNI said it is lucky that no one was killed or seriously injured in the incident.

Officers have urged any potential witnesses to come forward, particularly a woman they believe was walking her dog in the area at the time.

"We received a report that as a man was walking along the Connswater Greenway last night between 8pm and 8.30pm, from the direction of Orangefield towards Clarawood, he was shot at by a masked male with what was described as a revolver. It was reported that two shots were fired," a police spokesman said.

"The man was not injured and he was able to flee to safety.

"The assailant was described as having dark bushy eyebrows and wore a dark-coloured snood that was covering his face.

"This was a completely reckless attack, and we are lucky no-one was seriously hurt or killed.

"We are treating this as attempted murder, and our enquiries are continuing.

"We are keen to speak with a female who was walking with a dog on the Greenway around the time the incident occurred. She is described as walking what was described as a Bichon Frise-type dog. We would ask this woman to get in touch with us.

"I also want to appeal to anyone who was in the area and saw what happened, or anyone who has information which may assist our investigation to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101."

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