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Children looked on in horror as gunmen shoot victim in leg in Derry bookies

By Donna Deeney

Children as young as 13 were among those who witnessed two gunmen shoot a 23-year-old man in the leg in Londonderry.

The victim, who received treatment for his injuries at Altnagelvin hospital, was in a bookmakers on Central Drive in the Creggan area of the city when he was attacked at around 8.30pm on Monday.

A number of children nearby saw what happened.

Residents were angry at the gunmen's lack of regard for the community.

Sarah McGonagle, who lives nearby, said: "I am the age that remembers seeing people getting shot on the streets of Creggan during the Troubles.

"I know how much it will affect the children who witnessed that young fellow being shot.

"I don't think that shooting anyone is going to solve anything at all. It only leaves a lot of people shocked.

"The people who work in the bookies and anyone else who was inside at the time didn't ask to watch somebody being shot, but they had no choice. People are angry that there are gunmen who think they can roll up, shoot somebody and then roll back out of town again like they are some kind of John Wayne figure. They are cowboys, that's for sure."

Sinn Fein councillor Kevin Campbell, who arrived at the scene shortly afterwards, saw the injured man lying in a pool of his own blood.

"When I arrived, the man was lying on the floor and was bleeding from his leg," Mr Campbell explained.

"I was talking to his father and we were trying to make him comfortable until the ambulance arrived.

"He couldn't really talk much, but he did say he had been playing football on the nearby pitches shortly before the attack.

"He had just had a shower and then went to the bookmakers shop when the two masked gunmen followed him in and told him to lie on the floor.

"They shot him once in the leg. After talking to his uncle this morning, it appears he received a flesh wound, so it is good that his injuries were not something more serious.

"It is nonetheless appalling that this is still happening in Creggan.

"There can be no place for such incidents in our society.

"I would urge anyone with any information on this shooting to bring it forward to the police."

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