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Attempted murder and kidnap charges after man taken by gang and shot in the leg

A second man was shot as he answered the door.

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A 20-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with attempted murder and kidnap after two separate shooting incidents in Newry last week when two men were shot in the legs.

The shootings happened on 17 September and follow-up searches by police led them to the seizure of guns and drugs.

The first involved an abduction by a gang of masked men: a 32-year-old man reported that he had been taken from a house at Ardfield Avenue in Warrenpoint sometime between midnight and 1am.

The gang put him into a dark coloured car and drove him to the Armagh Road in nearby Newry, where he was shot in the leg.

In the other attack, a man was reported to have called to a house on Sandys Street in Newry.

After a verbal row, he shot the 32-year-old man who answered the door in the leg.

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As part of their investigations, police searched a Churchill Park and recovered three firearms and a quantity of Class A drugs.

Two men were arrested at the house and have been questioned by police. One of the men, a 20-year-old, has not been charged with number of offences including attempted murder, kidnap as well as drugs and firearms offences.

Another 26-year-old man was also earlier charged with attempted murder over the shootings.

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