Four children saw a man being shot three times in a “brutal” paramilitary-style attack in Belfast, police said.
They were in a house in the Cavendish Street area of the city on Saturday night when three men wearing dark clothing burst in.
A 28-year-old man was hit over the head before being shot in both knees and his right ankle with a handgun by the gang.
He was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries.
A female was also assaulted in the attack in the west of the city, which happened at around 7.45pm.
A detective said: “This was a brutal attack in a busy residential area and yet another example of how criminal groups seek to control communities through fear and violence.
“The residents including young children have been left terrified by these events.”
Anyone who has information about the attack is asked to contact Musgrave Criminal Investigation Branch on 101, quoting reference 1064 of 30/12/17.
Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.