Londonderry shooting: Man shot in ankles in Rinmore Drive, Creggan

Police said the man was shot a number of times in the legs
Image caption Police said the man was shot a number of times in the legs

A man in his 30s is in a stable condition in hospital after being shot a number of times in the legs in Derry.

It happened at the corner of Rinmore Drive in Creggan at about 22:30 BST on Tuesday.

Police said the man was shot in each ankle and once in the thigh. Dissident republicans have been blamed for the attack.

The police said they are investigating paramilitary involvement and have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

An elderly man, who has lived in the area for nearly fifty years, said he heard the shots.

'Face down'

The witness, who did not want to be named, told BBC Radio Foyle he saw the man lying on the ground, face down.

"I heard the three shots, everybody heard them: 'Boom, boom, boom!'"

"He was lying on the ground face down. He was shot in both ankles and I could see the blood and I thought he was dead.

"I'm here for 48 years in this house, my wife passed a couple of years ago," he added. "Things like that shouldn't happen."

The man's family were in shock, said Sinn Féin councillor Kevin Campbell.

"I went over and he was in the ambulance at that stage," said Mr Campbell.

"I saw the family, I spoke to them, I know them very well, they'd be friends of mine.

"They were basically in shock and the only thing they could tell me was that he had been out for a walk and was shot in both ankles.

"There are obviously some negative groups in the community responsible for that.

"I would say you are looking in the direction of dissident republicans."