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A man who sustained a gunshot wound in an incident in Forkhill last night was left at Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry by a car which then sped off.

It followed an incident in Forkhill which saw another man assaulted and a car was subsequently found burnt out in Mourneview Park in Newry.

It's reported that just before 6.20pm up to four people arrived by vehicle and attacked a car parked in Park Urney in the village.

Speaking on the incident Detective Inspector Handley said  "The male occupant of this vehicle, aged 54, managed to get out but, as he attempted to run away, he was assaulted. We believe he may have been struck on the head with a firearm, and subsequently sustained minor cuts to his head. As he continued to run away, he was chased by his attackers. One of the suspects, aged 37, is reported to have fallen and sustained a gunshot wound to his stomach.

Daisy Hill Hospital (file photograph). Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Daisy Hill Hospital (file photograph). Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

“At around 6:31pm, it was reported this injured male who sustained a gunshot wound was driven to Daisy Hill Hospital in a blue Honda Accord where he was left outside before the vehicle sped off.

"At around 8:20pm, it was reported that a Blue Honda Accord had been discovered burnt out in Mourne View Park in Newry."

The man who sustained the head injuries was also taken to hospital but has since been released while the second male who sustained a gunshot wound has undergone surgery and remains in hospital this morning where his condition is described as critical but stable.

DI Handley added “This was a reckless series of events and it only by sheer luck that we are not dealing with a tragic situation today.

“Two men ended up in hospital, however, anyone who was in the vicinity last night could well have been caught up in this and injured.

“Our investigation into these incidents is underway and we are working to establish a motive for what occurred."

Police Appeals

Police have launched several appeals after the incident.

Forkhill

Were you in Park Urney in Forkhill last night between 6pm and 6:30pm? Did you see a Blue Honda Accord in the Park Urney area of Forkhill, or in the Hospital Road area in Newry around 6:30pm; or did you capture this vehicle on your dash cam? Did you see what occurred?

Daisy Hill Hospital

Were you at Daisy Hill Hospital last night around 6:30pm? Did you see anything out of the ordinary, in particular a Blue Honda Accord in the Accident & Emergency area

Mourneview PArk

Were you in the Mourne View Park area of Newry around 8:15pm night where a Blue Honda Accord was found burnt out? Did you see any suspicious activity, including vehicles or persons?

If you have information, you can call detectives at Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1628 of 15/10/19.

Iinformation can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

Mickey Brady, MP for Newry and Armagh strongly condemned the incident. "I utterly condemn this horrendous incident and I would appeal for calm as details emerge to avoid any kind of escalation," he said. 

"The area is in shock over it. This was a savage attack and something we do not want in our communities.

"There is no justification for this shooting, especially given the fact that when you take weapons onto the street in such a reckless manner there is always the risk of bystanders being injured or killed as well.

"I would urge anyone with any information to contact the police and help get these dangerous criminals off our streets and away from our communities."

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