Top republican with Sinn Féin links survives Belfast gun attack

Police are investigating a murder bid on a top republican

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.

An appeal by the RUC/PSNI for information surrounding the shooting

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.

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph for the original story 

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