Man shot near gates of primary school in 'utterly deplorable' attack
Published 21/03/2016 | 16:28
A man been shot close to a primary school in County Armagh.
The incident happened at around 3pm in the Moyraverty area of the Co Armagh town.
It's believed he was shot close to the gates of the school and received a number of injuries.
Police said shots were fired from a car and the victim hit a number of times.
The victim was named locally as James Carlisle. It is understood he was the school to collect a child.
His condition is unknown and he is currently receiving medical treatment.
Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said: “The area was very busy and we believe a number of people may have witnessed this shooting.
"We would ask anyone who has information to contact us as soon as possible so we can progress our investigation.
“There are no words to describe the foolhardiness and complete disregard for the safety of the children and parents who were in the area at the time.”
Police believe a black BMW 525 Sport, reg JIG 8111, which was found on fire in Deramore Drive at 3.21pm on Monday, may be linked to the shooting.
Chief Inspector Burrows added: “We are very keen to trace the movement of this car this afternoon. If you noticed this vehicle or have any information in relation to the shooting, please contact us in Lurgan on 101.”
Local representative Dolores Kelly called on the community to unite against violence.
She said: "All violence on our streets in unacceptable but this attack, outside a school while children were meeting their parents, was utterly deplorable. Those responsible showed a breath-taking recklessness with the safety of these children.
"It is time now for people to step up to the mark and unite against those who want to return violence to our streets. This means more than simply denouncing it. It means cooperating with the police and coming forward with information that will help bring these criminals to justice."