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Protest over dissident shooting

The protest was held outside the Red Star shop where Roy Coyle was shot.

About 150 people have taken part in a rally to protest at the shooting of the Londonderry businessman Raymond Coyle.

Mr Coyle, 52, was shot three times in the legs inside his shop, The Red Star, in Waterloo Street on Wednesday. His condition is reported to be stable.

His family believe he was targeted because his shop sells smoking paraphernalia and "legal highs".

His brother, Joe Coyle, appealed to the dissident group RAAD, which is being blamed for the attack.

"Raymond was sitting in his place of work when this very small person came up behind him wearing a motorbike helmet and then placed a gun into his thigh and fired one shot in his right leg.

"Then as he fell and he fired a second shot in his left leg, and at that stage Raymond called a few words of abuse at him," he said.

"As this person was leaving the door he came back in and fired another shot at him, you get the feeling almost, as if this was a personal attack or as if he enjoyed doing it."

Susan Coyle
Raymond Coyle's daughter, Susie, was at the rally

In December, last year the Derry Journal printed a statement from Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) which warned shopkeepers in the city not to stock "legal highs" and drugs paraphernalia.

The police said the culprit, who entered the shop at about 1700 GMT, wearing a motorbike helmet, fled on a motorcycle.

A spokesperson said it was later found burnt out on Braehead Road.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who saw one or two people on a motorbike or any suspicious activity in the area between 1730 and 1900 GMT.

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