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Man shot several times in St David’s

St David’s shooting: police cars at Orange Hole Road, where a man was shot multiple times (Photograph by Sarah Lagan)

A 22-year-old man was shot multiple times yesterday afternoon.

Police said police and emergency services raced to St David’s at about 5.35pm after reports of gunfire.

The victim, from St George’s, was rushed to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

A police spokeswoman said his condition was unknown.

The incident happened in the area’s Orange Hole Road.

One woman in the area, a mother of several children, said her teenage daughter was outside when the shooting happened and told her she had heard three shots.

The woman added: “My house was wide open, I didn’t hear the shots but I heard the fire and ambulance.

“I thought maybe they were lost. Then the police came and I thought, what now?

“When I heard from a neighbour there had been gunshots, I said to my other daughter who was here, ‘get up, close the windows and doors’.

She said: “When I see this violence in the neighbourhood I don’t feel safe, and to have my young daughter tell me that she had heard three gunshots … I can’t take it no more.

“People are disrespectful and guys are always fighting.”

Another mother in a house nea rby said she heard a bang but did not realise it was a gunshot until she saw the emergency services on the scene.

The woman said Orange Hill Road was a “family neighbourhood” where children played.

She admitted there had been some trouble in the area.

But she added: “It’s never anything this serious. I have been here a long time and there has never been a shooting.”

The police appealed for witnesses to come forward.

The spokeswoman said: “This incident took place in broad daylight and there would have been residents about the area.

“Anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area, is encouraged to contact police on 211 or the confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477.”