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Man shot in both legs in Coatbridge attack

Coatbridge shooting
Image caption Police attended the scene in Coatbridge near where the 21-year-old was shot in both legs

Police have launched an investigation after a man was taken to hospital after a shooting in North Lanarkshire on Tuesday evening.

A 21-year-old man was in a park between Agnew Avenue and Deedes Street, Coatbridge, when he was shot in both legs at about 18:45.

The man responsible then got in a car which drove off towards Airdrie.

The injured man was taken to Monklands Hospital where he was in a stable condition.

A police statement described the suspect as being in his early 20s with short, dark hair and wearing dark clothing.

Image caption Forensic officers searched the area near the park for evidence

Det Insp John Lamb said: "I know this incident will be concerning for many local residents however I want to reassure them that this type of incident is rare and our inquiries so far lead us to believe this was a targeted attack.

"There will still be police activity in the area today with specialist search officers carrying out a detailed search, officers are also carrying out extensive enquiries and studying CCTV footage in an effort to gather further information."

He added: "If anyone has any information or indeed concerns, please speak to the officers on the ground.

"We will be using significant resources in this investigation and I would like to appeal to people in the area to contact police with any information. Any small piece of detail could prove significant and help us trace those responsible for the crime."

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