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Man shot after being abducted in Derry was on way to visit ill father

Hass Park, Dungiven (Pic: Google)
Hass Park, Dungiven (Pic: Google)

A man who was abducted in Derry last night, taken to a park in Dungiven, and shot, was on his way to see his seriously ill father in hospital.

The 22-year-old victim was driven to Hass Park in the town where he was shot in the leg at around 8pm in a 'punishment shooting' attack.

Sinn Fein councillor Sean McGlinchey said he had been in the area at the time and spoke to the victim after the attack.

"He said he was going to his see his father who is in Altnagelvin Hospital on life support," said Mr McGlinchey.

"He said he couldn't understand why he was taken out and shot. He didn't know where he was, he was that confused."

The victim's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. 

Detectives at Strand Road are investigating the attack.

Detective Constable Donnell is keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the Glenowen Park area of Londonderry and who noticed anything unusual or untoward between 6.30pm and 8pm, or anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Glenshane Road area close to Altnagelvin Hospital, or at Hass Park in Dungiven, between these times. Anyone with information should contact detectives in Strand Road on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.