Thursday 24 August 2017

Mum and son shot by gunman in attack on home

Joanne Fleming

A mother and son have been injured in a paramilitary-style shooting in their home in Northern Ireland.

The man in his 20s was shot in the leg, while his mother, who is in her 50s, was shot in the foot during the attack in Coleraine.

Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A masked man entered the house in James Street off the Bushmills Road at around 7.15pm yesterday.

The property, described as being in a mixed but mostly loyalist area, still had its lights and TV on when cordoned off by police last night.

PUP councillor Russell Watton knows the victims.

"We are doing our best to leave these types of incidents behind," he said.

"We are all trying to move away from that.

"Coleraine has been quiet over the past few years."

Mr Watton said reports of a lone gunman was an unusual feature of the shooting.

"At the minute I would keep a very open mind about it," he added.

SDLP Assembly candidate John Dallat said a recent increase in paramilitary-style shootings in Northern Ireland should give all candidates pause for thought.

"We must not create a vacuum to let this type of thing regain control over our communities," he said.

"Everyone, not just our politicians, need to look at this. People have to get out and vote."

He added: "Coleraine has endeavoured to put the past behind it, though obviously we are aware there are still paramilitaries."

Councillor William McCandless, an Ulster Unionist Stormont candidate, also condemned what happened.

"James Street is a quiet street and the local community is absolutely shocked to learn of this incident," he said. "There is simply no excuse for bringing guns onto the streets and using them against anyone. This is exactly the type of criminality that the new Assembly must help take a stand to eradicate.

"It is absolutely essential that the police catch whoever was responsible for this and ensure that he and the weapon he carried are removed from the streets of Coleraine."

Alliance East Londonderry candidate Chris McCaw said: "For someone to enter a house in Coleraine and shoot two people is shocking.

"There can be no excuse or justification for this act of violence and I condemn it without reservation.

"I send my best wishes to the man and woman and hope they have a speedy recovery."

PSNI Inspector Paul Patton appealed for anyone with information to contact police on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"We are doing our best to leave these types of incidents behind," he said.

Mr Watton said reports of a lone gunman was an unusual feature of the shooting.

"At the minute I would keep a very open mind about it," he added.

SDLP Assembly candidate John Dallat said a recent increase in paramilitary-style shootings in Northern Ireland should give all candidates pause for thought.

"We must not create a vacuum to let this type of thing regain control over our communities," he said.

"Everyone, not just our politicians, need to look at this. People have to get out and vote."

He added: "Coleraine has endeavoured to put the past behind it, though obviously we are aware there are still paramilitaries."

Councillor William McCandless, an Ulster Unionist Stormont candidate, also condemned what happened.

"James Street is a quiet street and the local community is absolutely shocked to learn of this incident," he said. "There is simply no excuse for bringing guns onto the streets and using them against anyone. This is exactly the type of criminality that the new Assembly must help take a stand to eradicate.

"It is absolutely essential that the police catch whoever was responsible for this and ensure that he and the weapon he carried are removed from the streets of Coleraine."

Alliance East Londonderry candidate Chris McCaw said: "For someone to enter a house in Coleraine and shoot two people is shocking.

"There can be no excuse or justification for this act of violence and I condemn it without reservation.

"I send my best wishes to the man and woman and hope they have a speedy recovery."

PSNI Inspector Paul Patton appealed for anyone with information to contact police on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Belfast Telegraph

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