Belfast Telegraph

Man shot in hip and car burnt out in Newry

A man has been shot in the hip during an attack at a home in Newry.

Police area appealing for information following the incident shortly after 8.15pm on Tuesday night.

The man in his 50s was shot in the hip while answering the door in the Drumgullion area. He has since been taken to hospital and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A burnt-out grey Peugeot 206 was reported on fire a short distance away in Violet Hill Avenue near to St Patrick's Primary School just after the shooting happened.

The PSNI is investigating if the car was linked to the shooting incident.

Police maintained a presence at the car which was found under half-a-mile away from the scene. Officers sealed off the area around the property and vehicle.

Sinn Fein MP for Newry and Armagh Mickey Brady said: "I utterly condemn this disgraceful attack.

"There can be no place for these brutal actions in our society.

"This is an attack on the whole community in Newry and I would encourage anyone with information to bring it forward to the police."

Speaking about the incident, Detective Sergeant James Johnston said: "This was a callous and brazen attack in which the injured party could easily have lost their life and a motive for it remains unclear at present. 

"I would appeal that anyone with information or who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the Drumgullion area contact Detectives at Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1331 of 24/10/17. Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information anonymously they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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