Belfast Telegraph

Man suffers leg wound in street shooting with two suspects arrested

A man has been shot in one leg and suffered other injuries to his face and body in a shooting on a street.

Police said the 46-year-old was targeted when three shots were fired at him on the Main Street in Garvagh, Co Londonderry at about 3am.

He was rushed to hospital and underwent surgery for the gunshot wound.

The PSNI said two men were arrested over the incident - a 25-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder and a 28-year-old man on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Detective Inspector Mullan said: " Armed response units were tasked to the area to ensure the safety of members of the public."

And he appealed for witnesses who were in or around the Main Street in Garvagh between 2am and 4am.

"We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw a male making off from the scene on foot, carrying a suspicious item in his hand," the detective said.

Follow-up searches were also carried out.

John Dallat, East Derry SDLP MLA, said the shooting was "like the wild west" with people living on the street wakened by the shots.

"One person, clearly trying to escape, collapsed and was pursued by the gunman who, according to an eyewitness, then kicked him and fled the scene," he said.

"This clearly was a very frightening incident and I am pleased the police have been quick to make arrests and hopefully they will find the weapon."

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