Gun attack at school gates showed '˜breathtaking recklessness'

Those responsible for today's shooting at St Brendan's Primary School in Craigavon showed '˜breathtaking recklessness'.

Monday, 21st March 2016, 5:47 pm
Updated Monday, 21st March 2016, 5:49 pm
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st March 2015 Scene of shooting at St Brendan's Primary School in Cragaivon, Co Armagh this afternoon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly called for the community to unite against violence after the shooting incident. The attack took place around 3pm outside St Brendan’s Primary School in Moyraverty Court. The victim has been named locally as Jim Carlisle.

Mrs Kelly said, “All violence on our streets in unacceptable but this attack, outside a school while children were meeting their parents, was utterly deplorable.

“Those responsible showed a breathtaking recklessness with the safety of these children.

“It is time now for people to step up to the mark and unite against those who want to return violence to our streets. This means more than simply denouncing it. It means cooperating with the police and coming forward with information that will help bring these criminals to justice.”

DUP Councillor Carla Lockhart also hit out: “This is a disgraceful and horrific event, particularly to have taken place outside a local Primary School. Whoever is behind this clearly had no regard for either the life of the victim, or of pupils, parents and staff at the school.

“Whilst the full details are still to emerge, there can be no justification for such an act. Whatever the background of the victim no one has the right to bring such violence onto our streets.”