Man critically ill after shooting
A man is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot in Northern Ireland.
The man, believed to be in his 50s, was hit in the stomach during the attack in Newry, Co Down, tonight.
It is understood masked gunmen targeted the victim at or near his home in the Parkhead Crescent area, close to the Derrybeg estate, just after 6.30pm
He was rushed to the nearby Daisy Hill hospital where he had emergency surgery. A hospital spokeswoman described his condition as critical but stable.
The motive for the attack was unclear.
Dominic Bradley, SDLP Assemblyman for Newry and Armagh, said on Twitter: "Was shocked to hear of the shooting of a man at Parkhead Cresent, Newry at 6.30pm Cannot be justified."
Sinn Fein Newry councillor Charlie Casey also condemned those responsible. He said: "If someone comes to shoot someone in their home, in the current climate where everyone is trying to work hard towards peace, it has to be totally condemned.
"We thought things like this had disappeared into the past. It is unfortunate and sad and if anyone known anything about it then they should contact the police."
SDLP councillor John McArdle said he was shocked. "We thought all of this type of behaviour was in the past. I hope to God whoever has done this will be caught and brought to justice."
It is understood at least two masked men were involved in the shooting.
Mr Bradley added: "I totally and utterly condemn this action. It cannot be justified by any aims, objectives or strategies.
"I would appeal to anyone with information to bring it to the police."