Pensioner arrested in Parkhead shooting probe

November 25, 2013

A 79-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a shooting incident in Newry on Saturday evening in which a man aged in his fifties was seriously wounded.

The victim was shot at his Parkhead Crescent home shortly after 6.30pm and sustained wounds to his stomach and knee.  He was rushed to nearby Daisy Hill hospital where he underwent emergency surgery before being transferred to the Royal hospital in Belfast.  It’s understood his condition is described as critical but stable.

During the follow-up police investigation the elderly man was arrested around 4.00am on Sunday.  A forensic examination of the scene was ongoing yesterday (Sunday).

The motive for the early evening shooting is unclear although it is not believed to be paramilitary-related.

In the aftermath of the attack, local politicians condemned the shooting.

SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley said such 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,” he added.

Sinn Féin Councillor Charlie Casey appealed for anyone with information to come forward: “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.”