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PSNI extradition bid for wedding shooting suspect

By Donna Deeney

Published 04/09/2015

An extradition request for a man arrested in Donegal in connection with a shooting at a Traveller wedding has been made by the PSNI
An extradition request for a man arrested in Donegal in connection with a shooting at a Traveller wedding has been made by the PSNI

An extradition request for a man arrested in Donegal in connection with a shooting at a Traveller wedding has been made by the PSNI.

A man was wounded in the incident in Londonderry on Wednesday night.

The victim, who was in his 30s, was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital where he was treated for shotgun wounds to his hand and discharged a short time later.

A fight broke out among guests who had arrived from all over Ireland to attend the wedding reception at Rafters Restaurant on the Northland Road. The brawl then spilled out into the car park where the shooting happened shortly after 8.30pm.

It is understood the man arrested was not from the city and was stopped by Garda in Manorcunningham an hour after they were alerted by their colleagues in Derry.

The suspect was driving a grey Volkswagen Passat with a Republic of Ireland registration and he was breathalysed by the arresting officer before being taken to Letterkenny Garda Station.

SDLP councillor for Foyleside John Boyle described the incident as "worrying", adding: "Regardless of whether it's at a wedding, on the street or in someone's home, there is always the very real potential for death or serious injury.

PSNI Inspector Tony Moore said: "Detectives are following a definite line of inquiry and are appealing for anyone who noticed a grey Volkswagen Passat in the Northland Road area to contact Strand Road on 101."

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