On 14 March 1984 Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams was shot and wounded in Belfast.

Jim Dougal reports for RTÉ News from the scene of the shooting, showing bullet holes in the car and blood stained upholstery. One eyewitness describes what he saw. As a prime target for loyalist paramilitaries, Gerry Adams rarely spends two consecutive nights in the same house fearing assassination attempts. Gerry Adams had been at Belfast Magistrates Court on the morning of the shooting and was due back there in the afternoon.  

The Ulster Freedom Fighters claimed responsibility for the attempt on Adams' life. Gerry Adams received three bullet wounds to the neck and shoulder and underwent surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital. 

The shooting of Gerry Adams raised the level of tension in Northern Ireland further with fears of retaliation.

Eyewitness to Gerry Adams Shooting
Eyewitness to shooting