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Forkhill: Man (30) held suspicion of attempted murder in second arrest

 

Forensic officers at the scene. Pic BBC
Forensic officers at the scene. Pic BBC

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a gun attack in what's thought to have been a Traveller feud in Co Armagh.

He is also being questioned on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and criminal damage.

It's the second arrest following the incident in which a suspected attacker is understood to have accidentally shot himself as he chased another man. The 37-year-old was later dumped at the entrance to Newry's Daisy Hill Hospital before having surgery with his condition described as critical but stable. He was also arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The incident unfolded in Forkhill in south Armagh at around 6.20pm on Tuesday night when a gang of men, potentially four-strong, arrived by car in Park Urney and attacked a man in a parked car.

The targeted 53-year-old man got out of the vehicle and attempted to run away. He was assaulted as he fled, potentially struck on the head with a firearm. As the chase continued, one of the alleged attackers fell over, sustaining a gunshot wound to the stomach as he did so.

This was a reckless series of events and it only by sheer luck that we are not dealing with a tragic situation today PSNI Detective Inspector Handley

Detective Inspector Handley described the incident as a "reckless series of events" and it was only luck there was not a death.

He urged anyone with information to contact detectives.

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