Man shot in arms and legs in ‘paramilitary style attack’ in Stranocum, Co Antrim

A man has been shot in the arms and legs in what police have described as a “paramilitary-style attack”.

Sunday, 20th September 2020, 10:09 am
Updated Sunday, 20th September 2020, 1:59 pm
PSNI at the scene where a man was been shot in both the arms and legs in what police have described as a paramilitary-style attack. Photo: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

The man was targeted by a gang of three who forced their way into a house in Stranocum, Co Antrim at around 10:20pm on Saturday.

DUP representatives noted that there is “a worrying increase” in such attacks in the area.

Inspector Stephen McCafferty said police are “treating this brutal shooting as a paramilitary-style attack”.

“This is despicable and should not happen in a civilised society,” he said.

“An investigation is underway and I would urge anyone with any information to call detectives on 101 quoting reference number 2308 of 19/09/20.

“Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

North Antrim DUP MLA and Policing Board Member Mervyn Storey and Causeway Coast & Glens Councillor John McAuley condemned the latest attack outside Stranocum.

Mervyn Storey said: “Sadly yet again we have had a shooting attack in the area. Last night three men entered a property in the Ballykenver road outside Stranocum and shot a man in the arms and legs. As with previous attacks they are to be condemned in the strongest possible way. We live in a democratic society not some sort of wild west.

“As we are seeing a worrying increase in these attacks I will be meeting with senior police to discuss how they are going to deal with this upsurge and give confidence to the local community that all is being do to catch those responsible.”

Councillor John McAuley added: “Whatever it is alleged by those who carried out this attack, no one has the right to enter a property and inflict this sinister and warped form of justice on anyone.

“I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police, so that those responsible can be brought before the courts and dealt with according to the law and not in the fashion we saw meted out last night.”

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