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Attempted murder was ‘planned attack’ as police issue appeal on burnt out Skoda

Police continue to appeal for information following the attempted murder of a 31-year-old man at a house in Carrigart Crescent, Craigavon, in the early hours this morning (Monday).

Detective Inspector Stephen Harvey from the PSNI’s reactive and Organised Crime Branch said: “At approximately 1.45am, at least 20 shots were fired, possibly from an automatic weapon, into the front living room window of the house. The man, who was in the house alone at the time, was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries.

“At this stage we believe that those responsible had carefully planned this attack. A silver Skoda Octavia, which had been stolen in Dublin in December 2016, and which was bearing false registration plates, was found burnt out shortly after the attack just over a mile away in the New Line area of Lurgan.

“We believe that this vehicle may have been involved in this incident and are keen to trace it’s movements in the time leading up to the shooting.

“We are working to establish a motive for the attack and I would ask anyone with any information about the incident itself or any ongoing issues in the area to contact detectives in Lurgan on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 64 of 13/02/17. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The 31-year-old man remains in hospital where his condition is described as critical.

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