The shooting took place around 21:40 at the junction with Cato Road opposite the Hed Kandi bar where revellers were enjoying evening drinks. The high street was also busy with pedestrians and some ran for cover upon hearing the shots.
Our reporter, who was on the scene, was one of the passers-by who gave emergency first aid until police officers, paramedics and doctors arrived. The victim’s friend, who was with him at the time of the shooting, was in obvious distress as members of the public and officers held her back, allowing medics to treat the man, believed to be in his 30s.
Doctors took over 30 minutes to stabilise the man and it appears that they performed emergency surgery on the street before whisking him away to hospital under a police escort.
Following the shots, witnesses reported seeing a car speeding off down Cato Road with two hooded youths running shortly after.
The High Street remained closed for the rest of the night to allow forensic examination of the scene and re-opened early this morning.
Many thanks to Andy Thornley for his eye-witness account