The mother of a Derry teenager who was shot five times in his Creggan home last week said when she heard the news about the attack, she feared her son had been killed.
Alicia Fisher’s 18-year-old son Gareth is still being treated in hospital for the injuries he sustained after being shot in both legs by masked men at the family’s Rathlin Drive home on Thursday evening.
The teenager had already been recovering from a broken foot which was in a cast when the paramilitary style assault took place.
His mother revealed to the Journal that the gunshots “shattered” her son’s shin bone and caused other injuries which she described as “horrific.”
“When I heard he’d been shot, I thought the worst,” she said, adding that, “nobody should have to experience that feeling.”
The local mother described the moments late on Thursday evening when her son, who was watching a dvd with a friend, was approached by the masked men. She said her son is now unsure about his future in the city.
“He was just told to get down and lie on the ground. He said at that stage, he thought he was gone.
“ Now, he doesn’t want to even go back to the house. He’s not even sure about staying in Derry. As far as I’m concerned I’ll do whatever it takes to protect my son, just the same as any mother would. So we’ll do what’s best for him.”
The mother of four also said she had no idea why her son was targeted and disputed claims made in other media outlets.
“We don’t know why they did this, There are so many rumours being spread and stories and people saying this and that about Gareth, but none of them are true and it’s the last thing he needs now. He’s still weak as water and it’s going to take him a long time to get over this. Doctors didn’t even know if he was going to be able to walk again, but now he is able to put some weight on his foot and some feeling is coming back so that’s a good sign.”
Alicia Fisher said her message to those who shot her son is simple.
“Nobody in this town wants this anymore. We all just want peace and quiet in our lives. All that type of stuff should be left in the past where it belongs. I’m now worried about the after effects all this will have on my son.
“I don’t think he’ll ever be able to forget about what he’s been through over the past few days. None of us will.
“You’d do anything for your children and my priority now is to make sure that he recovers from this. Young poeple in this town shouldn’t have to live in fear.”