He is in a serious but stable condition in hospital, after the attack at about 20:00 GMT on Sunday.
The suspects are believed to have made off from the scene in a car in the direction of Bendooragh. The police are trying to establish a motive for the attack.
North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey condemned the attack, saying this is not what “our community wants”.
“On a day when we have been remembering brave soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom, it is sad that there are those in our community who engage in this barbaric behaviour believing it to be justified and that they are doing something for their community,” he added. “Nothing could be further from the truth. In the cover of darkness masked men took the law into their own hands to execute their form of justice.”