Two men shot in separate incidents in Newry

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Two men have been shot in separate incidents in Newry, Co Down.

The first incident took place at around midnight at Sandys Street, when a man was reported to have called to the door of a house, and, following a verbal altercation, shot the 32-year-old male householder in the leg.

In the second incident, another 32-year-old man reported to police that he had been taken from a house at Ardfield Avenue in Warrenpoint sometime between midnight and 1am, by four masked men and driven in a dark coloured car to the Armagh Road in Newry where he was also shot in the leg.

A PSNI spokesman said both men are currently in hospital being treated for their injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

The Armagh Road remains closed this morning as inquiries continue and diversions are in place at the Derrywilligan Road and Bessbrook Road.

PSNI Superintendent Simon Walls said, “ Our investigation into these incidents is at a very early stage and we are working to identify a motive for the shootings and if they are linked.

“I would appeal for the public’s assistance to help us identify and to take those responsible for these attacks off the streets.

“I would ask anyone who was in the Ardfield Avenue area of Warrenpoint, the Sandys Street area of Newry or the Armagh Road in Newry last night and witnessed any suspicious activity to contact detectives in Newry on 101. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”