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Condemnation of gun attack which left man in hospital

Man was shot as he answered his front door

There has condemnation for a “callous and brazen” attack in Newry which left one man in hospital last night (Tuesday).

A man in his 50s was shot in the hip as he answered his front door in the Drumgullion area of the city around 8.15pm.

Sinn Fein MP Mickey Brady said: “I utterly condemn this disgraceful attack.

“There can be no place for these brutal actions in our society.

“This is an attack on the whole community in Newry and I would encourage anyone with information to bring it forward to the police.

Newry councillor Michael Savage tweeted: “Violence solves nothing and has never brought anything positive to our city. Wish victim speedy recovery. Anyone with any info contact PSNI.”

Detective Sergeant James Johnston said: “Shortly after 8.15 pm police received a report that a man in his 50s had been shot in the hip whilst answering his front door.

“The man was taken to hospital for treatment for injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening at this time.

“A Grey Peugeot 206 was reported on fire a short distance away in Violet Hill Avenue, just after the shooting occurred. Police are investigating if the vehicle is linked to the incident.

“This was a callous and brazen attack in which the injured party could easily have lost their life and a motive for it remains unclear at present.

“I would appeal that anyone with information or who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the Drumgullion area contact Detectives at Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1331 of 24/10/17.

“Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information anonymously they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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