PSNI find arms in shooting investigation

30/09/2004 - 08:20:23

Police investigating the shooting of a man in Northern Ireland have found a gun, ammunition and two pipe bombs.

The weapons were discovered after a planned search of a house in the Lincoln Courts area of Derry.

A woman was arrested at the scene and four men arrested earlier are still being questioned about the attack.

Darren Thompson, aged 22, remains in a critical condition in Altnagelvin Hospital after being shot in the head as he walked to work in the Waterside area of the city yesterday morning.

Police chiefs believe Mr Thompson could be the victim of an ongoing loyalist feud in the area.

PSNI Chief Superintendent Richard Russell said tension among loyalist paramilitaries in the city was one of the main motives being investigated.

“It’s certainly one of the main lines of investigation. There have been tensions between a couple of the main loyalist paramilitary organisations in the city since at least August 15,” he said.

Mr Thompson, who lives with his parents in Harkness Park, was attacked at Woodburn Park, on his way to work.

There are unconfirmed reports that he was recently forced from his home in the loyalist Nelson Drive area after a row between rival factions of the Ulster Volunteer Force.

A number of people have also been threatened recently by the Ulster Defence Association and ordered to leave the city.

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