Northern Ireland

Forkhill: Two men in hospital following 'reckless' incident

Police officer in front of Park Urney Image copyright PAcemaker

Two men were taken to hospital following an incident in Forkhill, County Armagh on Tuesday night.

Police said a man was attacked while in a parked car and was hit on the head with a gun as he tried to run away.

He was then chased by his attackers, one of whom fell and suffered a gunshot wound to his stomach.

One of the victims, a man in his 30s, was taken to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry.

The second, a man in his 50s, was transferred to Craigavon Area Hospital.

Police said on Wednesday that the man who sustained head injuries has since been discharged, but the second man who suffered a gunshot wound is in a critical but stable condition.

Police said a 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences, including attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and criminal damage.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it was called to reports of an assault shortly after 18:20 BST in the Park Urney area.

One crew was despatched to the scene.

BBC News NI reporter Declan Harvey, who went to the scene, said: "We understand this is part of an ongoing and escalating feud between families.

'Reckless'

"One local councillor [said] that he's not entirely surprised by this. It is the latest incident in 12, 18 months of incidents."

In statement released on Wednesday, the PSNI said that the incident was a" reckless series of events and it only by sheer luck that we are not dealing with a tragic situation."

They are appealing for anyone with any information about the incident to contact them.