30/05/2006

Loyalist paramilitary 'critical' following shooting

A leading Loyalist paramilitary is understood to be critically ill in hospital, after being shot in Newtownabbey.

Mark Haddock, 36, was shot in the Mossley area of the Doagh Road shortly before 4pm on Tuesday afternoon.

He has been taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, reportedly suffering from multiple wounds.

Mr Haddock, who is suspected of being a senior member of the Ulster Volunteer Force, is currently on bail on a charge of attempted murder.

He was accused of attempting to kill nightclub doorman Trevor Gowdy in Monkstown in December 2002.

Mr Haddock was also questioned in relation to the murder of Raymond McCord Jr in 1997.

(KMcA)

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