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Police investigating Poyntzpass shooting

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Police investigating Poyntzpass shooting thumbnailTHE property where the shooting in Poyntzpass took place. Picture: Philip Magowan

POLICE are following "a definite line of enquiry" after a 60-year-old man was targeted in a gun attack at his home in Poyntzpass.

The man was shot a number of times through a rear window of the property on the Tullymore Road shortly after 10.20pm on Thursday.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment, where he is said to be in a stable condition.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police forensic officers spent Friday at the man's house which has visible security measures including CCTV cameras and lights fitted around the rural property.

The shooting is not thought to be paramilitary-related, and it is believed the attack may have been a result of a personal dispute.

Detective Inspector Stephen Harvey from the PSNI Reactive and Organised Crime branch based in Lurgan said: "Detectives are following a definite line of enquiry and would appeal to anyone with any information to contact them at Lurgan police station on 101 quoting reference number 1245 of 09/02/17 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111".

Meanwhile, Alliance candidate for Newry and Armagh Jackie Coade has condemned those responsible.

Jackie Coade said: "This shooting could have resulted in the loss of life, and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

"We had hoped that violence was behind us, but evil people continue to terrorise under cover of darkness. I hope the injured man makes a speedy recovery and send him my best wishes."

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