RAAD claim responsibility for Strabane shooting

Republican Action Against Drugs has claimed responsibility for the shooting of a man in front of his girlfriend and her baby daughter in Strabane.

The victim is now recovering in hospital after being badly beaten and shot in the knee.

Shortly before 10.30pm on Tuesday, four men wearing masks entered the house in Carlton Drive and shot the 26-year-old in the leg.

The gang dragged the man to the ground and began beating him with an iron bar before shooting him in the knee.

The victim sustained injuries to his elbow when he tried to protect his face and has a suspected broken nose. He was taken to hospital for treatment but it is understood his injuries are not life-threatening.

The woman and child were not injured but are believed to have been left traumatised as a result of being forced to witness the shooting.

The gang wore plastic coverings on their feet and arms and had sealed the face masks with tape to prevent evidence being left at the scene.

It is believed they fled in a small red hatchback car which was found burnt out on Prospect Road shortly after.