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Detectives investigate incident in which shots were fired in Garvagh

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Police at the scene in Garvagh where the main street is cordoned of after an apparent shooting of a man in the town.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

IMAGE : MARK JAMIESON

Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident in which shots were fired in the centre of Garvagh around 3am this morning, Sunday 10 December.

Detective Inspector Mullan said : “We received a report in the early hours of this morning that three shots had been fired in the Main Street area of the town. We believe that one of these shots injured a 46 year old man in his lower leg. The man was taken to hospital where he required surgery for his wound and treatment for other injuries to his face and body.

“Armed response units were tasked to the area to ensure the safety of members of the public.

“A 25 year old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and a 28 year old man on suspicion of assisting an offender. They are currently in custody, helping police with their enquiries.

“Several searches were also carried out in the Garvagh area and a number of items taken away for further examination.

“We are appealing to anyone who was in the Main Street area of Garvagh between 2 – 4am this morning and witnessed this incident or saw any suspicious activity, to contact us on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 354 of 10/12/17.

“We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw a male making off from the scene on foot, carrying a suspicious item in his hand.

“Alternatively, information 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.”

IMAGE : MARK JAMIESON

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