[Sinn Fein]

27 July 1998

Caution and vigilance urged after shooting

Deputy Lord Mayor of Derry, Councillor Lynn Fleming of Sinn Fein, has urged nationalists to excercise caution and vigilance following what appears to be a sectarian gun attack on a Catholic family in the Waterside area.Two brothers Francis aged forty nine and Anthony aged fifty three were shot a number of times by a gang of five or six masked men who burst in to their home. One of the brothers Francis is in a critical condition in hospital.

Councillor Fleming said:

``Last nights attack would appear to be the work of loyalists and the RUC should state publicly which organisation it believes is responsible. This attack is but the latest in a long list of such incidents where Catholic families in isolated areas of the city are targeted for loyalist harrassment, intimidation and violence.

``I would urge nationalists to execies extreme caution and to take whatever measures are required to ensure their safety. I would also appeal to unionist leaders in the city to use their influence to bring such sectarian attacks to an immediate end.

``I extend by sympathy and support to the Creane family at this difficult time.''

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