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Violent gun attack has robbed Ballina man of sight

Violent gun attack may rob Ballina man of sight

Trevor Quinn

A 38-year-old Ballina man who was shot in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo just over two weeks ago may be left permanently blind after he suffered serious injuries to his face during an attack on September 26 last.
Raymond Langdon sustained serious injuries when he was shot shortly after visiting a house in the Connolly Park area of the town at approximately 8pm. He was hit by three pellets fired from a shotgun which struck him in the face neck and chest. The incident shocked locals in Tubbercurry and the surrounding area.
It has now emerged that it is highly unlikely Mr Langdon will ever regain the vision in one eye, and doctors are fighting to save the vision in his second eye. However, even if the vision in his second eye is salvaged it is expected he will have partial or minimal vision at best.
Mr Langdon who is from the Mount Assumpta area of Ballina was initially admitted to Sligo General Hospital for treatment before being transferred to University College Hospital. He was subsequently discharged from the hospital earlier this week and there are grave concerns that he may never regain his sight.
A Tubbercurry man in his 30s who was known to Mr Langdon was arrested at the scene shortly after the incident.
He was subsequently detained by Ballymote gardaí under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 before being released without charge on Tuesday evening, September 27.
After the man’s release a file was sent to the DPP and a Garda spokesperson said there is unlikely to be any more arrests in connection with the incident.