Jim Carlisle remains in ‘stable’ condition says hospital

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Jim Carlisle, who was shot outside a primary school, remains in a ‘stable’ condition this evening, Craigavon Hospital has confirmed.

Carlisle had been sitting in a car outside St Brendan’s Primary School yesterday afternoon when he was shot several times.

The gun attack happened as little children were leaving for the day shortly after 3pm.

It is understood after being shot, Carlisle, who is in his mid 30s, staggered from his car towards a bus which was collecting the school children.

An ambulance arrived and treated him at the scene before taking him to Craigavon Area Hospital.

Some parents have voiced concern that their children have been traumatised by witnessing the shooting.

St Brendan’s PS staff have been praised for taking the children to safety.

A special support team is to be set up in the Craigavon school to help the children cope.

A statement from St Brendan’s PS said: “Trained staff from the Education Authority’s Critical Incident Response Team are in school today to support us at this time. Today has been about reassurance and also continuing with our normal routine in a sensitive and caring manner. We will continue to closely monitor everyone and liaise with parents and other support services.

“May I just take this opportunity to thank our whole school community and indeed the wider community for their support at this time. I would also like to pay tribute to our staff who acted in such a calm and professional manner. All appropriate procedures were quickly and effectively followed in relation to the safety and well-being of our pupils.”

Full report in this week’s Lurgan Mail