There were fears yesterday that a man injured in a punishment-style shooting near St. Johnston on Tuesday night could lose a limb.
The 39-year-old was shot four times in the attack which took place at a house in townland of Legnatraw about 4km from the village. Two armed and masked men entered the house and shot the man in the legs and upper arms. He was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where his injuries were described as not life threatening. He was later transferred to hospital in Dublin.
The victim of the attack is believed to have been from Derry. The attack took place between 10 and 10.30 pm. A 34-year-old woman who was in the house at the time was uninjured. A silver 4x4 was located at Moness about one mile from the scene shortly after the shooting.
Gardaí in Letterkenny are liasing with the PSNI in Derry as part of the investigation and are appealing for anyone who may have information or may have seen unusual activity in the area between 9pm and 11pm to contact them.
Superintendent Vincent O’Brien said it is too early to speculate on a motive for the attack. The attack is the first such incident in the county since the murder of Andrew Allen near Buncrana in February. The murder of the father of two from Derry was claimed by Republican Action Against Drugs (Raad).
The shooting comes against a backdrop of punishment-sytle attacks in Derry in recent months. Just a week ago an 18-year-old man was shot in such an attack in the Creggan area.