Gunmen branded as ‘faceless animals’

A 36 year-old man was shot in the legs in a paramilitary-style attack in the Brandywell area of the city on Thursday night.

Shortly before 11.30pm, a number of masked men burst into a house on Lecky Road and shot the man several times in both legs.

The victim was then taken to hospital but his injuries were not said to be life threatening.

A woman and a young person with disabilities were also in the house at the time of the attack but were not injured.

The woman, Siobhan McGinley, described those responsible for the shooting as “faceless animals.”

“Three masked men shot my friend, I was just putting him up. I do not know why they did it,” she said.

She also said she is now afraid to stay in her own home. “I hope they can sleep in their beds. They have left me a nervous wreck. Who are they to judge anybody? They had no fear,” she said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. PSNI officers were at the scene of the attack on Friday and a heavy police presence remained in the area for most of the morning.

The hooting happened close to the scene where a blast bomb was thrown near a house at Lecky Court last month.

Thursday night’s shooting was condemned by Foyle SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan who said that violence should not be used as a solution to problems.

“Once again, a punishment style shooting in Derry grabs the headlines and flies in the face of all process of proper justice.

“Vigilantism isn’t acceptable and this gives the wrong message to our young people who are growing up accustomed the shootings and attacks and fear,” he said.

A PSNI spokesperson said; “At approximately 11:30pm, police received a report that a male had been shot a number of times in the legs.

“It is believed a number of men entered a house in the area and shot the 36-year-old male a number of times. He was taken to hospital for gunshot wounds to both legs which are not believed to be life threatening at this stage.

“Detectives are investigating and would appeal to anyone with information to contact them at Strand Road on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”