Vigilante group Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) have claimed they fired an Uzi submachine gun at a man in the Brandywell area of the city on Friday night.
In a statement, the group claimed the incident was an “attempted assassination” of an individual who they made allegations against. The man was named in the statement.
It is believed that the man was unharmed during the gun attack.
The RAAD statement said: “Three volunteers [were] armed with handguns and an Uzi 9mm submachine gun. They fired a burst from the Uzi at ....He ran towards houses forcing the volunteers to break off the action.”
The vigilante group also vowed to repeat its attack on the man and, in a chilling warning said it would “kill him at the earliest opportunity.”
The group also threatened to kill anyone providing “logistical help” to the man.
It is believed to have been the first time RAAD has used automatic weapons in an attack against an individual in the city. The group previously said it fired dozens of shots in the air during an incident in Creggan last year.