Politicians in Derry have expressed their horror after a man was removed from his a house and shot four times in the legs.
It has now emerged that the man’s partner, a baby and a five-year-old child were in the house at St Cecilia’s Walk in the Bligh’s Lane area when the armed gang arrived and took him out to the doorstep where he was shot last night.
Police have confirmed that the main line of inquiry is that dissident Republicans are behind the punishment-style shooting.
A statement from the PSNI last night said: “At approximately 6pm, police received a report that a 29-year-old man had received gunshot wounds to his right leg. He has been taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries.”
SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey and Sinn Fein Councillor Patricia Logue have condemned the attack.
Mr Ramsey described the shooting as a “human rights abuse”.
“This is an horrific incident for which there can be no excuse,” he said.
“It is completely unacceptable and will be condemned by the whole community.
“As our city prepares for Christmas with what should be such a happy event in our Guildhall where thousands are gathered to welcome Santa and cheer the Mayor as she turns on the lights, it is terrible that the focus will also be on such human rights abusers in Creggan. Is this really the message we want to send out about our city?”
Colr. Logue meanwhile said:
“There can be absolutely no justification for this type of action. This must have been a very frightening experience for everyone caught up in this, especially as it’s reported that a number of young children were in the vicinity at the time of the shooting.
“It’s very sad that when thousands of people were out tonight celebrating the turning on of the Christmas lights in the city centre that others were trying to drag our society backwards and bringing guns onto our streets.
“We are in a new era, we are creating a new society for the younger generation and there can be no place for this type of activity.”
PSNI Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan has appealed to anyone who has any information about this incident to contact Police at Foyle on the non-emergency number 101, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and anonymously on 0800 555 111.