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‘Barbaric’ Dungiven shooting condemned by local representatives


East Derry MLA Claire Sugden condemned the shooting.

East Derry MLA Claire Sugden condemned the shooting.

East Derry MLA Claire Sugden condemned the shooting.

MLAs have condemned a “barbaric and reckless” shooting in Derry on Tuesday night.

A man sustained a gunshot wound to his leg after a number of shots were fired through the front door of a house in the Finvola Park area of Dungiven around 9pm.

The PSNI said the injured man was transported to hospital for treatment.

East Londonderry MLA Claire Sugden described it as a “horrific incident” for the victim and local community.

“Another report of gun violence is suggesting this kind of crime is not going away,” she said.

“More must be done to address shootings and to support communities against this type of control.

“Communities don’t want this kind of violence on the streets of their homes. It is vital that every resource possible is provided to them so that the spectre of criminality such as this is erased from the lives of normal people for good.

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“I urge anyone with any information to contact the PSNI on 101.”

Meanwhile, East Derry MLA Cara Hunter added: “My thoughts go out to the victim of this barbaric and reckless attack and I hope they make a full recovery.

"There can be no place for guns on our streets and the local community has been left very distressed as a result of this incident.

“Those behind this attack showed no care whatsoever for people living in this area. They opened fire through a door that anyone could have been behind and I’m thankful the consequences of this incident were not even more tragic.

“I would urge anyone with any information about this shooting to come forward to police as soon as possible.

"This kind of behaviour cannot be tolerated and we need to apprehend those responsible and take their weapon out of circulation to send a message to those involved in this kind of criminality.”

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Enquiries are at a very early stage and officers would ask anyone with any information about this incident or who may be able to help with the investigation, to call police in Coleraine on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 1545 04/01/22, or submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.

"You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.”

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