Craigavon ‘punishment shooting’ condemned

PSNI
PSNI

A 26-year-old man has been shot in the legs in Craigavon, Co Armagh.

A PSNI spokesman said a number of men forced their way into a house in Meadowbrook shortly after 11pm yesterday (Wednesday).

He was taken to hospital for treatment for his injuries.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information to contact

them.

Ulster Unionist Councillor Colin McCusker has called on the authorities to ‘root out’ those responsible for the overnight “punishment shooting” in the Meadowbrook area of Craigavon.

He said a number of men forced their way into a house in Meadowbrook and forced a 26-year-old man who was in the house outside where he was shot.

“Yesterday evening I took part in a Cross Community Carol Service in the Cathedral in Armagh, where adults and children from right across the new Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough joined together to celebrate Christmas,” said Councillor McCusker.

“It is terrible to think, that while we were gathered there as a united community, a small gang were planning to carry out this horrific attack.

“Guns have no place in our society, and the Police need to be given all the resources they require to root out the individuals behind this attack. This is a very small minority who rule communities with fear, and is not reflective of the wider Craigavon area. Less than a mile from this estate there is a thriving community with its own allotment scheme led by positive community leaders who want to improve their area not drag it back to the past.”