Two men shot in paramilitary-style shootings

Police tell motorists to seek alternative route
Police tell motorists to seek alternative route
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Two men have been shot in the legs in separate paramilitary-style shootings in Londonderry.

Detectives at Strand Road are investigating two paramilitary-style shootings in the Ballymagroarty area of Londonderry last night, Friday 1 February

Detective Sergeant Michelle Boyd said: “Both these incidents happened within 10 minutes of each other and less than 100 metres apart.

“The first, in which a 24 year old man was shot in the knee, was reported to us around 8.10pm and took place on a grassed area close to Corrib Court.

“The second was reported just after 8.20pm, where a 32 year old man was shot once in the leg on a grassed area near O’Casey Court. Both men were taken to hospital for treatment to their injuries.

“We are treating both incidents as paramilitary–style attacks; attacks that were brutal and vicious and will leave these two men with both physical and psychological scars. These attacks are yet again more examples of how criminal groups seek to control communities through fear and violence.

“We would appeal to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the Ballymagroarty area before the attacks last night to get in touch with detectives.

“We want to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice, so if you have any information that could help our investigation, please contact us on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1186 of 1/2/19.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

Sinn Féin Councillor Eric McGinley condemned the incident in Ballymagroarty.

He said: “This is a shocking incident. “Sadly, there have been a number of similar attacks in the area over the past twelve months.

“There can be no place for the use of guns or gangs of masked men on the streets of our city.

“All of this is in stark contrast to the good work that is going on in this community.

“I would call on anyone with information on this shooting incident to bring it forward to the PSNI.”