A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man suffered a suspected gunshot wound to the leg in Garvagh overnight.
Police received reports that three shots had been fired during an incident in the Main Street area of the Co Londonderry village at around 3am.
A spokesperson said: “We believe that one of these shots injured a 46-year-old man in his lower leg.”
The man was taken to hospital where he required surgery for his wound and treatment for other injuries to his face and body.
Armed police were tasked to the area to ensure the safety of members of the public.
SDLP MLA John Dallat said gunmen are "treating communities like the wild west" and said guns have "no place" in society.
UUP councillor Richard Holmes said local people are "appalled" by the incident.
Police arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder and a 28-year-old man on suspicion of assisting an offender.
They are currently in custody, helping police with their enquiries.
Meanwhile a number of searches were carried out in the Garvagh area and a number of items taken away for further examination.
Police added: “We are appealing to anyone who was in the Main Street area of Garvagh between 2am and 4am this morning and witnessed this incident or saw any suspicious activity, to contact us on the non-emergency number 101.
“We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw a male making off from the scene on foot, carrying a suspicious item in his hand.”