09/10/2019

L'Derry Shooting Treated As Attempted Murder

Detectives in L'Derry are investigating a shooting in the city on Tuesday evening as attempted murder.

Providing an update on the enquiry, police corrected their earlier statement that a 30-year-old man had been shot in both legs, clarifying that he sustained a foot injury.

Two men, aged 30 and 58, were in their home in Margaret Street when two masked men entered at around 8.45pm. Armed with what is understood to have been a handgun, one of the suspects shot at the man in his 50s.

Detective Inspector Michael Winters explained: "Fortunately he wasn't physically injured. However, as the 30-year-old occupant attempted to flee, he was shot at and sustained an injury to his foot."

Police are hunting the suspects after they fled the scene, possibly in a car.

The gunman is described as being of medium to heavy build and had his face covered. The second suspect was of a thinner build.

Others inside the house at the time were left traumatised after the ordeal.
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DI Winters condemned those responsible, saying: "We are working to establish a motive for what was a merciless attack. There is absolutely no justification for this type of brutality, and it is only by sheer luck that we are not dealing with a tragic situation today.

"There were three other occupants in the house at the time of the attack, a woman and two other males, and they have all been left extremely shaken by what took place in their home, somewhere they rightly deserve to feel safe."

The wounded victim is receiving treatment for his injuries in hospital.

Police have appealed to anyone who was in Margaret Street between 8.40pm and 8.50pm on Tuesday evening, 08 October. "Did you see anything you believe may be connected to what happened- any suspicious vehicles, or people acting suspiciously?"

Information can be submitted by calling detectives at Strand Road on 101, quoting reference 1838 of 08/10/19. Alternatively, details can be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



(JG/CM)

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