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MLAs condemn 'horrific' and 'barbaric' shooting of man in Derry

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to his leg after the gun attack
PSNI car (stock)

PSNI car (stock)

Jamie McDowell

A shooting in Derry last night has been condemned as “barbaric” and “horrific” by MLAs.

At around 9pm, a man suffered an injury to his leg after a number of shots were fired through the front door of a house in the Finvola Park area of Dungiven.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment after the incident.

SDLP MLA Cara Hunter offered her thoughts to the victim of the attack.

She added: "There can be no place for guns on our streets and the local community has been left very distressed as a result of this incident.

“Those behind this attack showed no care whatsoever for people living in this area. They opened fire through a door that anyone could have been behind and I’m thankful the consequences of this incident were not even more tragic.

"This kind of behaviour cannot be tolerated and we need to apprehend those responsible and take their weapon out of circulation to send a message to those involved in this kind of criminality.”

The PSNI logo (Niall Carson/PA)

The PSNI logo (Niall Carson/PA)

Ms Hunter urged anyone with information to contact the PSNI.

Independent MLA for East Derry, Claire Sugden, said the attack was an “horrific incident for the wounded man and local community”.

She added: “Another report of gun violence is suggesting this crime is not going away.

“More must be done to address shootings and to support communities against this type of control.”

She also appealed for anyone with information on the incident to contact the police.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Enquiries are at a very early stage and officers would ask anyone with any information about this incident or who may be able to help with the investigation, to call police in Coleraine on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 1545 04/01/22, or submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.”

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