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Resident thought Derry gun victim was dying in pool of his own blood

By Donna Deeney

Published 11/08/2016

Rinmore Drive in Derry where a man was shot in the legs
Rinmore Drive in Derry where a man was shot in the legs

Neighbours of the man shot in the latest paramilitary attack in Londonderry say they thought he was going to die in a pool of his own blood.

The victim, who is in his 30s, was shot in both ankles and once in the thigh.

He has undergone surgery for his injuries and was in a stable condition in last night. The attack happened at Rinmore Drive in the Creggan area shortly after 10.30pm on Tuesday when three shots alerted neighbours, who ran outside where they found the man writhing in agony.

One resident said: "I was watching television when I heard these three shots and I knew right away what it was.

"I waited a wee minute because I wasn't sure if I should go out or not but I did and other neighbours were already out too.

"The man was lying on the ground at the corner and he was a sorry sight. There was blood pouring from him and I thought he wasn't going to make it.

"But the paramedics seemed to appear fast enough and then the bigger ambulance came.

"There was no sign of whoever did it - they were long gone or maybe it was just one gunman, I don't know." None of the residents interviewed wanted to be identified but one woman said: "There are a lot of decent people living in Kenmore and we don't want to see people lying on the street with their legs shot off them.

"There are big problems everywhere in this town, not just Creggan - but a gun isn't going to solve them."

The attack, which is being blamed on dissident republicans, was condemned by politicians.

Sinn Fein councillor Kevin Campbell said: "The people of this city do not want these actions taking place on our streets. Those carrying out these attacks are at war with the community and they should end their activities now and get off the community's back.

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

Ulster Unionist Policing Board member Ross Hussey MLA said: "This was the latest in a depressingly long line of similar type attacks in the city and the ease with which these groups are able to acquire weapons and their willingness to use them, is a matter of grave concern."

In May this year another man in his 30s was shot twice in the ankles at his mother's home in Ballymagroarty in Derry.

Dissidents were also believed to be responsible for an attack just four weeks earlier on 25-year-old Harry Boyle who was critically injured in a so-called punishment shooting outside his Creggan home.

And last November, two masked gunmen forced their way into Jonathan Simpson's home in the Brandywell Road and shot him a number of times in both legs.

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