Keady area left reeling after 'vigilante' attack

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

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THE Keady community has been left "stunned" following the horrifying shooting incident which took place on Friday (July 21).
At around 5.25pm, two males entered the grounds of a business premises on the Annvale Road in a white Hyundai, before one of the men got out of the vehicle and discharged two shots.
A car, which is believed to have been the vehicle used in the shooting, was found burnt out at approximately 5.45pm on the Dundrum Road, Tassagh.
No one was injured during the incident, but the business' employees were left very badly shaken.
Condemning the attack, Sinn Fein MLA for Newry and Armagh Cathal Boylan said: "This criminal vigilante behaviour has no place in our society. Residents in Keady will not tolerate violent intimidation and the appalling actions of this armed gang."
Meanwhile, SDLP councillor Thomas O'Hanlon has called on anyone with any information to come forward to the police.
“I condemn those behind this reckless attack," said the Armagh councillor. "The incident took place at the business premises of a very well respected local family.
“They are distraught and disgusted at this incident. They, their staff or customers could have been seriously hurt or even killed.
“This community is stunned at this reckless attack and it must be condemned outright.
“Whoever is behind this attack and whatever their misguided intentions are, they cannot be justified.
“We thought the days of guns on our streets were over, so too is any form of kangaroo justice. No one should take the law into their own hands.
“I would appeal for anyone who knows anything about this incident or the motivation behind it to come forward to police."
Sinn Fein's Armagh councillor Darren McNally, also called on those with any information to bring it forward to the PSNI.
Detective Sergeant Peter Stewart has appealed to anyone who may have seen the white Hyundai acting suspiciously in the Annvale Road/Granemore Road areas of Keady or the Dundrum Road area of Tassagh, or to anyone who may have seen any vehicles parked in the vicinity of the Pumping House on the Dundrum Road between 2pm and 5.45pm to contact Detectives in Newry on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference numbers 947 and 1011 21/07/17.
Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to the anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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