Latest: Man rushed to hospital after being shot was former paramilitary prisoner

A 53-year-old man was rushed to hospital last night after being shot at his home.

Tuesday, 23rd February 2021, 4:48 pm

The shooting happened in the Mosside Gardens area outside Ballymoney in Co Antrim.

Local sources say the injured man was a former paramilitary prisoner.

It is understood to be related to tensions associated with the UDA in the area.

PSNI searches today after the shooting of a man in Mossside

North Antrim MLA Jim Allister said: “Yesterday evening’s shooting in the Mosside Gardens area is deeply worrying, particularly when set in the context of a rising number of shooting incidents in the area.

“This sort of behaviour is wrong and needs to stop.

“The guilty parties need to be brought to justice before the courts and I would appeal for anyone with any information to come forward to the PSNI.

“The local people of the area do not need or want violent attacks of this nature.

Police carry out a search at the scene of a shooting on the Knockmore Road in Mosside near Ballymoney. The shooting happened on Monday evening where one man was hit a number of times after he was shot at the front door of a property.Picture Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

“I very much hope that the police investigation is able to get to the bottom of what is yet another deeply concerning incident.”

Detective Inspector McKenna said: “We received a report just after 7.30pm that a man had been shot at a property in the Mosside Gardens area outside Ballymoney.

“A 53-year-old man was taken to hospital where he is receiving treatment for his injuries.

“An investigation is now underway and we would urge anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the shooting or witnessed any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area, to call detectives on 101 quoting reference number 1841 of 22/02/21.

Police at the scene of a shooting on Knockmore Road in Mosside Village near Ballymoney on Monday evening, it is belived a man is in a serious condition after he was shot.Pic McAuley Multimedia

“A report can also be submitted online at http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ or alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan condemned the a gun attack near Ballymoney.

The North Antrim MLA said: “This gun attack in which a man was injured in the Mosside Gardens area of Ballymoney was wrong and I condemn it.

“Those responsible have nothing to offer society and need to end these actions immediately.

Police at the scene of a shooting on Knockmore Road in Mosside Village near Ballymoney on Monday evening, it is belived a man is in a serious condition after he was shot.Pic McAuley Multimedia

“Anyone with information on this incident should bring it forward to the PSNI.”

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