30-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

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Friday, October 18th, 2019
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Detectives in Newry investigating incidents in Forkhill in South Armagh on Tuesday 15 October have arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and criminal damage.

The news comes after Detectives in Newry launched an investigation into incidents in South Armagh this week, where one man was assaulted and a second man sustained a gunshot wound to his stomach.

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Speaking on Wednesday to Newry Times, Detective Inspector Handley said,  “Shortly before 6:20 pm, we received a report that a number of men, possibly up to four, arrived by vehicle in Park Urney in Forkhill and attacked a parked car.

 

 

“The male occupant of this vehicle, aged 54, managed to get out but, as he attempted to run away, he was assaulted.

“We believe he may have been struck on the head with a firearm, and subsequently sustained minor cuts to his head. 

“As he continued to run away, he was chased by his attackers. One of the suspects, aged 37, is reported to have fallen and sustained a gunshot wound to his stomach.

“At around 6:31 pm, it was reported this injured male who sustained a gunshot wound was driven to Daisy Hill Hospital in a blue Honda Accord where he was left outside before the vehicle sped off,” he continued.

“At around 8:20 pm, it was reported that a blue Honda Accord had been discovered burnt out in Mourne View Park in Newry.

 

 

“This was a reckless series of events and it is only by sheer luck that we are not dealing with a tragic situation.

“Two men ended up in hospital, however, anyone who was in the vicinity could well have been caught up in this and injured. 

Appealing for witnesses, he added, “I want to take this opportunity to make a number of appeals this morning and urge anyone with information that may help our investigation to pick up the phone and tell us what you know.

 

 

“Were you in Park Urney in Forkhill last night between 6 pm and 6:30 pm? Did you see a blue Honda Accord in the Park Urney area of Forkhill, or in the Hospital Road area in Newry around 6:30 pm; or did you capture this vehicle on your dashcam? Did you see what occurred?

Detective Inspector Handley added, “Were you at Daisy Hill Hospital last night around 6:30 pm? Did you see anything out of the ordinary, in particular, a blue Honda Accord in the Accident & Emergency area and, finally, were you in the Mourne View Park area of Newry around 8:15 pm night where a Blue Honda Accord was found burnt out? Did you see any suspicious activity, including vehicles or persons?

The 30-year-old man remains in police custody at this time assisting officers with their enquiries.

 

 

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