24/05/2021

Investigation Launched After Shots Fired In L'Derry

Police have launched an investigation after shots were fired in L'Derry on Friday, 21 May.

A total of 12 masked men gathered in the Ardfoyle area and video footage circulating on social media showed the men firing shots into the air.

Derry City & Strabane Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Darrin Jones said: "An investigation is underway to establish who is responsible for this brazen armed show of strength that was carried out when it was still light outside, and in front of a significant crowd of people, including young children.
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"The fact this occurred in the middle of a built-up area is even more shocking because any of the bullets fired could have ricocheted or strayed at any moment and into the nearby crowd, among which young children were present. "It is extremely worrying these masked gunmen thought it was acceptable to carry out this reckless act and it illustrates the contempt they have for people in their community.

"What occurred was utterly appalling and has no place in today's society, nor is there any justification for such scenes."

DUP Foyle MLA Gary Middleton said: "Over recent weeks we have seen strident police action against people involved in protests across Northern Ireland. None of those incidents involved firearms yet the PSNI has spared no efforts in pursing those involved.

"Whilst the PSNI have said they are investigating last night's incident, many people will be watching to see how rigorously this is pursued. There can be absolutely no justification for bringing firearms onto the streets in a blatant terrorist display.

"It is incumbent upon all political representatives in the city to condemn this incident. Unfortunately there are some parties and representatives who continue to glorify and celebrate terrorism. That sends out a dangerous signal to those who wish to replicate those tactics today."

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