The Loyalist Volunteer Force
said in its statement: "We have not nor will we become involved in any act connected to this ongoing problem.
The LVF statement said: "An active service unit of the Loyalist Volunteer Force
(West Belfast Brigade) carried out the New Year's Eve attack in retaliation for the death of a true loyalist, Billy Wright.
North Belfast Democratic Unionist Party MP Nigel Dodds blamed the IRA and called on Dr Reid to declare their ceasefire over - as he did with the loyalist Ulster Defence Association, Ulster Freedom Fighters and Loyalist Volunteer Force
A unit of the breakaway Loyalist Volunteer Force
, which has not declared a ceasefire, has been operating in North Belfast.
It was the second attack in four hours being linked to the feud between the Loyalist Volunteer Force
and the Ulster Defence Association.
The Red Hand Defenders - used as a cover name for the Ulster Defence Association and the Loyalist Volunteer Force
- sparked revulsion when it admitted murdering Protestant teenager Gavin Brett last month.
The shooting and another attack earlier in the day are thought to be part of a feud between the Ulster Defence Association and the Loyalist Volunteer Force
The RUC was studying a video tape of an incident in the hospital casualty department in which a number of hospital staff were injured by a group who claimed to be members of the Loyalist Volunteer Force
Several leading figures including Johnny Adair have been thrown out of the UDA - and the rival Loyalist Volunteer Force
is being drawn into the infighting.
But there are some fears that the UFF could join forces with the notorious Loyalist Volunteer Force
to cause trouble over the banning of the march from the mainly Nationalist Garvaghy Road.
They hope to set up talks this week to prevent bloodshed between breakaway Loyalist Volunteer Force
gunmen and the Ulster Volunteer Force.
It has since come to light that certain people have been acting as agent provocateurs between the Ulster Defence Association and the Loyalist Volunteer Force
to capitalise on events for their own purposes.