28/10/2005

Two men injured in paramilitary-style shootings

Detectives in Newtownards are investigating two separate paramilitary-style shooting incidents in Co Down on Thursday.

In the first incident, a 33-year-old man was stopped by two masked men and shot in the lower left leg while running in the vicinity of Canal Row, Newtownards, shortly before 8.15pm.

His attackers were both between 5ft 11 and 6ft tall of heavy build and dressed in dark coloured clothing. They are believed to have headed off after the attack towards Comber Road.

In the second incident, a 30-year-old man suffered one gun shot wound to his left leg and was struck on the head during a shooting incident that occurred at Rectory Park, Kircubben. This incident was reported to police just after 10pm.

In both cases, the victims were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries.

Detectives in Newtownards who are investigating both attacks have appealed for anyone with information to contact them on 028 9181 8080 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

(MB/SP)

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