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Man shot in city playground leaves trail of blood to home

The scene of a shooting at a childrens play park in the Rossdowney area of Londonderry

The scene of a shooting at a childrens play park in the Rossdowney area of Londonderry

An MLA has described the graphic aftermath of an incident in which a man was shot twice in a loyalist area.

The attack happened in the Lincoln Court area of Londonderry’s predominantly Protestant Waterside at around 11.30pm on Tuesday.

He was aged 32 and was shot in both legs.

William Hay, DUP MLA for Foyle, heard about it early yesterday and visited the scene.

He said the area where the shooting happened was near the slides and swings, and the victim lost a great deal of blood.

He said: “There was a trail; you could almost literally follow it from where the incident happened to his own home.” He added that this was less than 100 metres away.

He said there is “no doubt” the victim had been told to go to the park beforehand.

He said: “It’s clear to me there was an organisation behind this attack, and to me it’s people flexing their muscles to say: ‘we haven’t gone away you know’.” He added that the practice of shooting people by prior arrangement had been seen in the Cityside before.

Jon Burrows, PSNI Area Commander, said it was too early to speculate, but that if anyone had information suggesting that is what had happened, they should contact the enquiry team at Strand Road station “either directly or through a third party, or through Crimestoppers”.

Whether or not loyalist paramilitaries had been involved would be part of the investigation, he added.

 

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