Crossmaglen man killed in Dundalk shooting
A Crossmaglen man has died after a shooting in Dundalk, Co.Louth. Two others were also injured when a man fired shots at a taxi near a house on Cluain Ard, Lis Na Dara at around 4am on Sunday morning. James Hughes, 35, from Crossmaglen, was fatally wounded in the incident. The driver of the taxi, aged 48 and a female passenger, aged 21 were both injured. A 32-year-old man later presented himself at Carrickmacross Garda Station, where he was arrested. He has been detained there under section 50 of The Criminal Justice Act, 2007.
Crossmaglen Sinn Féin councillor Terry Hearty has condemned the shooting; “This is a terrible tragedy to befall the Hughes family who also lost their mother suddenly earlier in the year. James was an extremely well known and popular young man and devoted father. He was involved in the local community through his life long association with Crossmaglen Rangers and he was a familiar face around the town with many many friends. I called to the family home on hearing the news and they are understandably shocked and devastated by this.”
MLA for Newry and Armagh, Conor Murphy also commented on the incident, “The loss of a loved one is deeply traumatic in any circumstances but it is all the more disturbing for the family of this young man to have lost him in such a violent manner. Our thoughts are with the Hughes family, in particular Mr Hughes’ children and his wide circle of friends at this time.”
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