The man shot twice in both legs in Derry on Monday night is currently a stable condition at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital.
23-year-old Jonathan Simpson was shot at the home of his mother in the Brandywell area. The attack has been described as “partcularly savage” by the city’s most senior police officer.
Mother of Jonathan Louise Simpson said those who targeted and carried out the attack on her son had “no conscience.”
“My son was lying in the hall. they had shot him on the living room floor and dragged him out to the front door and left him lying there. I thought he was dead,” she said.
Describing the scene inside her home Louise Simpson continued: “I can’t even explain it. I’ve never seen blood like it and two massive clots of blood came out of my child’s body. How can anybody do this to another person? They have no conscience whatsoever.”
Initially taken to Altenagelvin, the seriousness of Jonathan Simpson’s injuries however meant that a decision was taken to transfer him to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. He remains there and when the ‘Journal’ asked the hospital for an update on his condition, the response was that “the patient is currently stable.”
The mother of the victim also said that her son had been threatened on previous occasions but she did not know who had issued the threats.
Whilst refuting that her son had been selling drugs, Louise Simpson said: “He was taking them, I was giving him the money for them. That’s the gospel truth.”
Speaking about those responsible for the attack however, she said: “They have no conscience. My child is in the Royal Victoria. How could anybody do that to a mother, or a father or a grandfather or uncles-to go what I am going through.”
Meanwhile a grouping referring to itself as the ‘IRA’ has claimed responsility for the attack on the 23-year-old man in a call to a local newspaper and further claimed they had threatened Mr Simpson several weeks ago.