Those responsible for an gun attack on a man in Osborne Street have been labelled as “barbaric” by an SDLP Derry and Strabane District Council candidate.
At around 11pm on Sunday evening, a gang of three men forced their way into a house in Osborne Street.
Two of the men ran upstairs where they shot a 20 year-old man in one knee. The man was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital.
Another man and a woman were held at gun point downstairs during the attack.
Shauna Cusack spoke to member of the victim’s family and stated there can be no excuse for individuals taking the law into their own hands.
“This is not only an attack on a young man but on a community who wish to leave this type of barbaric behaviour in the past.
“I can only condemn this attack and feel for the victim’s family especially his mother who was out celebrating Mother’s Day while her son was going through this terrifying ordeal.
“Regardless of what he is accused of doing, the law cannot be taken into the hands of unaccountable individuals.”
Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Mickey Cooper, also condemned the attack and called on anyone with information to pass it on to the police.
“This is a very worrying development and follows a number of similar incidents in the city over recent weeks. I would urge anyone with information on this attack to contact the police.”
Information can be given by contacting the non-emergency number, 101. Alternatively, callers who do not wish to disclose their details can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Sunday evening’s attack comes hot on the heels of research published by the University of Ulster that suggests a direct link between suicidal behaviour in the North of Ireland and having experienced traumatic and conflict related events.
The findings are based on extensive data from the university’s major study of the population’s mental health, part of the World Health Organisation’s World Mental Health Survey Initiative.
As part of this research the University of Ulster carried out detailed analysis of suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts in a sample of over 4000 people. Lead author of the paper, Professor Siobhan O’Neill from the Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing at the university’s Magee Campus said:
“This is the first time evidence clearly demonstrating a trend of suicidal behaviour in people who have suffered, or witnessed, a traumatic, conflict related event has been found. The research also identifies lower levels of suicide attempts in this group, suggesting more worryingly, that this group may be more likely to actually take their own life on the first attempt.
“Our previous research has already shown that people who have been affected by the conflict have more severe and long lasting mental disorders. This new research is hugely significant because it demonstrates a new link between conflict and thinking about suicide.”