Londonderry shooting: Mother of son shot five times says attack 'disgusting'

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Media captionGareth's mother Alicia Fisher called those who attacked her son "bullies with guns"

A Londonderry mother has said she is shocked and angry after her 18-year-old son was shot five times in the legs.

Gareth Fisher was the victim of a paramilitary style attack shortly before 23:20 BST on Thursday night, in the Rathlin Drive area of Creggan.

He was shot three times in his right leg and twice in his left leg, and is currently being treated in Altnagelvin Hospital.

Alicia Fisher said those who carried out the attack were "disgusting".

"These people call themselves republicans. Republicans in my mind look after their community, they look after the people in it.

"These are bullies with guns. That is all they are. Either do as they want or nothing at all. They're shocking, disgusting. I can't even find a word to describe them."

She said she did not know why the attack happened and neither did her son.

"Gareth doesn't have a clue why this happened. Everybody's upset, nobody can even think straight.

Image caption Gareth Fisher was shot five times in both legs

"I just hope he comes out of it grand. He was definitely afraid. All I seen was the fear in his face."

She added: "I was angry, really angry that someone has hurt my child in that way.

"It shouldn't happen. These days are long gone, it's peace we want. "

Ms Fisher said she was returning from work when she heard her son had been shot.

"When I got into the house and out the back, Gareth was lying in a corner of the shed. There was blood everywhere. It was horrifying.

"I have never witnessed anything like that before and I would never want to witness it again."

Mr Fisher's aunt, Rosemary Fisher, said: "It's terrible that these things are still continuing to this day, especially in Creggan, in our community.

"We want peace, we're going to fight for peace, and we want this to stop. And we will stop it."

She said that those who carried out the attack should "go away" and "give our community peace".

"They're dragging us back into the past. That's where they want to be, they haven't moved on like the rest of us."

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