Shots fired at Strabane man

The mother of a Strabane man who was shot at during an abduction attempt in the town on Wednesday night said he was “terrified” by the experience.

The incident happened in the Melvin Court area of Strabane at around 9pm on Wednesday when three men tried to pull the man into a while van. He managed to escape and a number of shots were fired in his direction as he ran off.

His mother said she does not believe her son has done anything wrong and asked those responsible to come to her family and explain themselves.

“He’s very upset and shocked. He doesn’t know what he’s doing or what he’s going to do.

“I’m terrified for him. It’s scary because he has younger brothers and sisters,” she said.

She also said she now fears for her son’s safety.

“I don’t think he’s done anything wrong but if he has I’d like the people to talk to him.

“I’m scared because he’s scared and I don’t know what’s going to happen to him,” he said.

The incident was condemned as “reckless” by Sinn Féin Councillor Michaela Boyle, chairperson of Strabane District Council. “There is absolutely no justification that can be offered for last night’s actions regardless of whatever the issue or motive behind this attack and the firing of shots into a house in an area where mostly young families and children live is reckless and must be fully condemned.”