The BBC are reporting that a man in his twenties is in hospital in Belfast after being shot in the leg outside the Laurel Glen Bar on the Stewartstown Road in Twinbrook earlier this evening. But with the police asking for any witnesses to contact them, a local Sinn Féin councillor has informed the BBC of both the background and the circumstances of the shooting.. and has admitted that there has already been an attempt by the party to mediate between the people concerned – more below the foldFrom the BBC report
Sinn Fein councillor Angela Nelson said she believed the trouble was linked to a feud between members of the Travelling community.
“There was a funeral yesterday and a christening today and they all went back to the bar to celebrate,” she said.
“During the early part of the evening a man walked into the bar, hit another man on the head with an iron bar and offered him outside for a fight.
“There’s an ongoing feud among a couple of the families, which we have, in turn, been dealing with through holding meetings.
“I’ve been speaking to the brother of the fella that was shot and I’ve asked him to make sure that his family keep calm – we don’t want it getting out of hand and anybody else getting hurt.”