The son of a prominent loyalist was shot in the leg by a criminal gang in a punitive-style gun attack
The son of a prominent loyalist was shot in the leg yesterday by a UDA punishment squad.
e Sunday World can reveal the man who is in his 20s was shot dead on a date by the paramilitary group.
The young man was charged with drug trafficking and expelled from Coleraine.
The identities of the two men are known to Sunday World but we are prevented from naming them at this stage for legal reasons.
The victim was shot once, but sources say his injuries were minor and he suffered a “graze” on his calf.
“He did well because of who his dad was,” a source said.
“They (the UDA) were to be seen doing something, but it was really for show. It was reminiscent of when Johnny Adair ordered a punitive attack on his son Mad Dog,” a source said. .
Derry Police are now appealing for information relating to the incident which happened in a wooded area off Lisnablagh Road in Coleraine.
The PSNI is calling on anyone with information about the incident to come forward.
In a statement, police said: “Coleraine detectives are appealing for information following a report of a shooting in which a man was injured in the leg on Thursday March 3.
“It was reported at 9pm on Thursday evening that a man, aged in his twenties, had been taken to a wooded area off Lisnablagh Road in Coleraine, held up by a number of men wearing balaclavas and hit once in the leg.
“The masked men reportedly fled on foot towards Blackthorn Court following the incident. The injured man received medical treatment for his injury.
“Detectives investigating this incident are appealing to anyone who noticed suspicious activity in the Lisnablagh Road or Blackthorn Court areas at the time of the incident, or anyone who was driving in the area who may have captured footage dash cam who could help with their inquiries to contact them in Coleraine on 101. The reference number is 1632 03/03/22.”
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