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Man shot and chased by masked men in Coleraine

A man has been shot and injured by four masked men before being chased and shot again in Coleraine.

It happened in the early hours of Thursday morning in the Maple Drive area.

Just before 4 am police received a report that four masked men entered the house and shot a man aged in his early 20s.

The injured man tried to escape and was pursued by the gunmen who shot him again outside the house.

Two other men in the house at the time were not injured.

The man suffered gunshot wounds to both his arms and legs and was taken to hospital for treatment for his injuries.

SDLP East Derry MLA John Dallat described the attack as brutal and merciless.

Mr Dallat said: “These home invaders showed no mercy as they carried out their brutal assault. Having not satisfied their bloodlust by grievously injuring the victim, they pursued him to inflict further damage as he tried to flee.

“This is the twelfth such attack in the Coleraine/Ballymoney area clearly carried out by remnants of the UDA who are in disarray and are desperately trying to establish their authority on this community through fear.

“Such attacks can only be treated as attempted murder and it is unacceptable that these horrific crimes have become the norm in our society.

“I would urge anyone with any information relating to this attack to contact the PSNI by phoning 101. This incident bears all the hallmarks of a so-called ‘punishment shooting’ and the lack of prosecutions for these attacks are a direct result of the public’s unwillingness to pass on information.

"It is up to all of us as a society to send a clear message that we will not tolerate this pseudo-vigilantism and we can only do this by ensuring the PSNI have all the information possible to prosecute these criminals.”

Detective Chief Inspector Catherine Magee said: “I appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information to contact Detectives at Coleraine on the non emergency number 101 or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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