Monday 18 December 2017

Man in surgery after gun attack at his home

Greg Harkin and Tom Brady

A 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 Donegal.

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

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 child were in the house at the time 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 shooting.

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

Garda Supt Vincent O'Brien, of Letterkenny, confirmed he was liaising with the PSNI in the investigation into the attack.

Republican Action Against Drugs, a group of former Provisional IRA members, are suspected of carrying out the shooting.

Irish Independent

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