Northern Ireland

Newry shooting: Man remains critically ill

Forensics experts at shooting scene
Image caption Forensic tests were carried out at the scene of the shooting

A 50-year-old man shot in the stomach and knee in Newry, County Down, remains critically ill in hospital.

The attack happened at Parkhead Crescent at about 19:00 GMT on Saturday. It is not believed to be paramilitary-related.

The victim underwent emergency surgery at nearby Daisy Hill Hospital, and was later moved to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

A 79-year-old man who was arrested has been released on conditional bail.

Sinn Féin Newry councillor Charlie Casey condemned those responsible.

'No support whatsoever'

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Media captionIt is understood the man had lived in the area for about 10 years

"If someone comes to shoot someone in their home, in the current climate where everyone is trying to work hard towards peace, it has to be totally condemned," he said.

"We thought things like this had disappeared into the past.

"It is unfortunate and sad, and if anyone knows anything about it then they should contact the police."

Dominic Bradley, SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh, said: "This type of action has no support whatsoever in Newry and cannot be justified.

"It is wrong and no strategy, aims, or objectives can make it right.

"I would appeal to anyone who can help the police in their investigation of this crime to do so without delay."