Belfast Telegraph

Man shot in Ballymoney house had just moved in

By Annamay McNally

A man who was shot in the back by a gang of masked and armed men at a house in Ballymoney had only recently moved into the property, the Belfast Telegraph understands.

The victim, who is aged in his 30s, was in a stable condition yesterday at Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

Police are still working to establish a motive for the attack, which took place outside a house in the Bann Road area at around 7pm on Sunday.

According to a PSNI spokesperson, the victim was struck about the head and body, and sustained a gunshot wound to his back.

"The man, who is aged in his 30s, remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition," a police spokesman said.

He continued: "The suspects are believed to have made off from the scene in a car in the direction of Bendooragh.

"Enquiries are ongoing and police are working to establish a motive for this incident.

"Detective Inspector Bob Blemmings is appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any information which could assist detectives with their enquiries, to contact them at Coleraine on 101, quoting reference 1068 13/11/16, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, local DUP councillor Alan McLean said there was a "sense of shock" in the Ballymoney community following the shooting.

Mr McLean said he was aware of the victim's name and understood he had only recently moved into the house where the incident took place. "The area where this happened has not seen anything like this at all in the past," he added.

"I don't think he (the victim) was living in the house very long. As I understand it, he had just moved in there.

"There is certainly a sense of shock amongst the local community here in Ballymoney.

"I work in the town and people have been expressing their concern about what has happened.

"Regardless of the circumstances behind this attack, people should not be taking things into their own hands."

North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey said it was "sad" that the attack took place on Remembrance Sunday.

"In the cover of darkness masked men took the law into their own hands to execute their form of justice.

"This is not what our community wants," he commented.

Mr Storey urged anyone with any information on the shooting to contact the PSNI.

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