Two men shot in 'reckless, brutal' attack in Derry

Two men shot in 'reckless, brutal' attack in Derry

POLICE IN Northern Ireland have appealed for information after two men were injured in a 'brutal' shooting in Derry.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have launched an investigation after two men sustained gunshot injuries in Derry on Saturday night.

According to a police statement, the two men-- one aged in his 40s, the other in his 30s-- were shot in the legs at around 6.35pm on Saturday in the Rinmore Drive area of Creggan.

Both were rushed to hospital to receive treatment for their injuries and are expected to survive, but police say the attack has caused "great distress" to the local community.

A spokesperson for the PSNI condemned the "reckless, brutal shooting incident [which] has not only cased great distress to the local community but has now added two casualties to hospital and created further stress to our local health services who are dealing with the current health pandemic."

The PSNI believe the shooting in the Creggan area is the work of dissident Republicans, according to Detective Inspector Michelle Boyd, who described the shooting as a "savage attack".

"The fact the victims were shot in a residential area at a time when people would have been out and about shows just how reckless those responsible are, and how they have no regard whatsoever for life," she added.

An appeal for information as been launched, with police eager to speak to witnesses or anyone who may have information which could assist in the investigation.

Anyone who may be able to help  is asked to contact officers at Strand Road by calling 101 and quoting reference number 1559 06/02/21, or anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.