Man shot outside primary school is well known to authorities

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Man shot outside primary school is well known to authorities

A primary school has been evacuated after an assassination attempt on a man who was dropping his kids off at a school in Craigavon.

The victim of the attack was shot several times.

There has been widespread revulsion that the attack took place at a place of learning for children.

Reports have been made that the shooting is part of a feud.



Footage of a car burnt out in the nearby Kilwilkie area shortly after the shooting at around 3pm today has also emerged.

Police believe a black BMW 525 Sport, reg JIG 8111, which was found on fire in Deramore Drive at 3.21pm this afternoon may be linked to the shooting.

Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said: “We are very keen to trace the movement of this car this afternoon. If you noticed this vehicle or have any information in relation to the shooting, please contact us in Lurgan on 101.”

PSNI Chief Inspector Jon Burrows is quoted in the Belfast Telegraph: “The area was very busy and we believe a number of people may have witnessed this shooting.

"We would ask anyone who has information to contact us as soon as possible so we can progress our investigation.

“There are no words to describe the foolhardiness and complete disregard for the safety of the children and parents who were in the area at the time. If you have information, please phone us on 101.”

Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has condemned the shooting.

"This shooting outside St Brendan's Primary School in the Moyraverty area of Craigavon was wrong and I totally condemn it, Mr O'Dowd said.

"This was a terrifying experience for pupils and staff at the school. 

"Those who carried out this shooting showed absolutely no regard for the pupils, their parents, school staff and the wider community. 

"There can be no place for guns in our society. 

"I would encourage anyone with information on this shooting to bring it forward to the PSNI."