Police say four young children are "terrified" after witnessing a paramilitary-style shooting in a house in the Cavendish Street area of west Belfast last night.
A 28-year-old man was shot in both knees and his right ankle in the attack, while a woman was assaulted.
The man remains in hospital.
PSNI Detective Sergeant Kelly 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."
Detectives have appealed to anyone with information about the attack or anyone who may be able to help identify the perpetrators to contact Musgrave Criminal Investigation Branch on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1064 of 30/12/17.
Information can also be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.