Man shot in both legs in Meigh attempted robbery

March 16, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

A man was shot in both legs during an attempted robbery in Meigh at the weekend.

The incident occurred shortly before 9.00pm on Saturday when two masked and armed men entered a house in the Gullion View area of the village.

The intruders demanded money from the man before shooting him twice in the legs.  They fled empty-handed and it’s believed they used a vehicle to escape.

The victim’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and he was taken to Daisy Hill Hospital where his condition is said to be stable.

Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy condemned the attack and said: “The attack on this young man in the presence of his pregnant wife was wrong. The perpetrators of these type of attacks have no support for their actions and I would urge anyone with information relating to this to pass it on to the PSNI.”

SDLP MLA, Dominic Bradley, described the incident as ‘absolutely chilling’.

“Not all gangs that carry guns are really prepared to use them, but these men were. They will hurt and injure and they may well kill unless they are put quickly behind bars where they belong,” Mr Bradley said.

“Anyone who saw anything or knows anything about them should contact the police before they select their next victim.”

Voicing his condemnation, Sinn Féin councillor Packie McDonald, said: “The community is disgusted at this attempted extortion by a gang purporting to have a political agenda.

“There is absolutely no support for this activity in south Armagh. This gang has nothing whatsoever to offer which would benefit our community.”