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22/09/2021

Anger at 'brutal and vicious' shooting of two men in Derry

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Two men are being treated in Altnagelvin Hospital after being shot in separate incidents - which have been described as "brutal and vicious" - in the Ballymagroarty area of Derry last night. The 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 police 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 which are not believed to be life-threatening. Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Eric McGinley, descsribed the shootings as shocking and called anyone with information to pass it on to the PSNI> He added: "Sadly, there have been a number of similar attacks in the area over the past 12 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. Cllr McGinley concluded: "I would call on anyone with information on this shooting incident to bring it forward to the PSNI." Appealing for information, PSNI Detective Sergeant Michelle Boyd said: “Both these “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."

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