Man arrested in probe into shooting

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Police have arrested a 47 year old man as part of an investigation into a shooting and assault on a 26 year old man in Strabane earlier this month.

The suspect was detained in the town this morning (Monday April 16) as part of police enquiries into the attack at Carlton Drive on 3 April.

A number of searches are also being conducted in the town by the PSNI. The investigation is being carried out by Serious Crime Branch and local police.

Shortly before 10.30pm on April 3, it was reported that a number of males entered a house in the Carlton Drive area and assaulted and shot a 26 year old man in the leg. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

It is understood the men made off in a red car which was later found burnt out in the Prospect Road area.

Area Commander Chief Inspector Andy Lemon said at the time, “No right thinking individual can condone someone taking the law into their own hands irrespective of what the perceived motive here was. Nothing justifies shooting a young man in his home whilst his girlfriend and young daughter are present and I would condemn such violence. It is very fortunate that no one was fatally injured during this incident.

“Attacks such as this do not move us forward as a community, they only hold us back. What we need now is information from the public that can assist us in our investigation.”