Belfast Telegraph

Doctors in battle to save leg of Donegal gun victim

By Brendan McDaid and Tom Brady

A Londonderry man who was shot four times in an attack on his home was undergoing emergency surgery at a Dublin hospital last night in a bid to save his leg.

The victim was named as 29-year-old James Curtis, who is originally from Derry but now living in rural Donegal.

Two masked men broke into his home at Legnatraw, St Johnston, late on Tuesday night and shot him in the legs and elbows.

He was ordered to lie down before being shot at the rented bungalow he shared with his girlfriend and their baby.

Mr Curtis has been living in Donegal for the past seven years.

His 34-year-old partner, Kathleen Coyle, from Dublin, and their seven-month-old baby were in the house at the time of the shooting, but were not hurt.

The gunmen made their escape in a silver 4x4, which was located shortly after the incident about a mile from the scene of the crime.

Mr Curtis was taken initially to Letterkenny Hospital and was later transferred to Dublin.

Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD), a group of former Provisional IRA members, are suspected of carrying out the attack.

The shooting comes just three months after another Derry man, Andrew Allen, was shot and killed by RAAD in Donegal in an attack which bore similarities.

Garda Superintendent Vincent O’Brien said: “We are following a line of enquiry and we have contacted the PSNI and are working closely with them on the matter. No grouping has claimed responsibility at this time and we are keeping an open mind on it.”

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