The man who is in his late 50s – named by security sources as Patrick Fitzpatrick – was shot in the back in the Short Strand area of Belfast on Saturday night.
The victim, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, is being treated in hospital for his injuries, which are not life-threatening.
Mr Fitzpatrick is originally from the Short Strand area but has lived for many years in the west of the city.
He is a prominent Sinn Fein supporter who has appeared at events alongside leading members of the party.
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