Belfast Telegraph

Man quizzed over shooting of victim in Co Antrim


Police are questioning a suspect in connection with a paramilitary-style shooting.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the knee in an alleyway at Bawnmore Park, Newtownabbey, at about 7.30pm on Friday.

The man was approached from behind by three others. One produced a weapon and fired a shot at the victim, striking him on the knee. The gang then fled.

Police believe a second shot may have been fired during the incident.

Detective Inspector Conor McStravick said: "The 30-year-old victim, who was shot in the knee in Bawnmore Park, is thankfully recovering well in hospital.

"Officers examining the scene of the shooting have discovered that a second shot may have been fired, with the bullet striking the perimeter fence at the local youth club.

"This shooting occurred at 7.30pm, a time when children could easily have been playing at the youth club.

"To my mind this serves to underline the mindlessness and recklessness of those responsible."

Police said the suspect, aged 30, was detained in the Newtownabbey area on Saturday night under the Terrorism Act.

SDLP Glengormley councillor Noreen McClelland condemned the "savage and reckless attack".

"It's particularly worrying that bullets were found to have struck the perimeter fence of a local youth club," she said.

"Given that this attack took place at 7.30pm, it's mostly luck rather than design that spared us all tragedy."

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