Police arrest 50 year-old man in Derry shooting probe

The silver car believed to be involved in Tuesday's shooting was found burnt out in the near-by loyalist Lincoln Courts area of Derry. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus McKinney

POLICE are continuing to question a 50 year-old man in connection with a shooting incident in Derry on Tuesday morning.

The man was arrested in the city on Wednesday night on suspicion of attempted murder.

A police spokeswoman said the arrest followed an incident in which a black car was rammed near the entrance of the city's Sevenoaks housing development around 7am on Tuesday.

“A number of shots are then believed to have been fired at the driver of the black car who managed to leave the area and drive to a local police station. There have been no reports of any injuries.”

The car which police believe was used in the attack, a silver Peugeot, was abandoned and set on fire in the loyalist Lincoln Courts area a short time later.

It is understood Tuesday's incident was the second time the victim was targeted in recent weeks.

At the end of June, he suffered burns when a gas cylinder was placed in his car and it was set on fire. He also revealed at the time that an envelope containing and bullet and a threat had been sent to him.

Police have appealed to anyone who witnessed the incidents at Sevenoaks or Lincoln Courts on Tuesday morning to contact them at Strand Road PSNI station.

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