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'Definite line of inquiry' in Banbridge shooting

By Claire McNeilly

Detectives investigating a shooting near Banbridge in which a man was injured are following a "definite line of inquiry".

The victim. who is in his 60s was taken to hospital after a number of shots were fired through the window of a house in the Tullymore Road area of Poyntzpass at 10pm on Thursday.

He was initially taken to Craigavon Area Hospital and later transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, where he is in a stable condition.

While a line of inquiry is being followed, detectives are appealing for information.

Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson said it was a "tragic incident" and he warned people not to take the law into their own hands.

"It is fortunate that this man didn't lose his life, and we hope he makes a full recovery," Sir Jeffrey said.

"We don't yet know all of the facts surrounding this incident, but if it is attempted murder then clearly there can be no place in any community, including rural communities like this, for such violence.

"Whilst we mustn't jump to conclusions at this stage, under no circumstances should people take the law into their own hands because not only do they present a danger to others but to themselves as well."

Danny Kennedy, an outgoing UUP MLA for Newry and Armagh, condemned what he said "appears to be a very serious, murderous attempt".

"Attacks of this nature have no place in our society," he added. "Anyone who has any information about the shooting should contact police."

Local DUP councillor Paul Greenfield said such incidents were not welcome in the area. He added: "Everyone was shocked to hear about the shooting incident. It's not the type of thing that should be happening in this day and age."

His DUP colleague, Junior McCrum, said his thoughts were with the victim's family.

"This is a very difficult time for this man's family and we wish him a speedy recovery," he added.

"As a society we thought we'd got past these kind of punishment shootings, but obviously not.

"I would urge anyone with any information about this, however small, to go to the police."

UUP Banbridge councillor Elizabeth Ingram said the local community was very concerned about what had happened.

She added: "Everyone was reeling from the news first thing this morning. We're not used to these kind of attacks. People are hoping that it was a one-off. I hope the victim makes a speedy recovery."

PSNI Detective Inspector Stephen Harvey asked for witnesses to come forward.

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