Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Pair escape injury after seven shots are fired at house

Two women who escaped injury during a gun attack on a house in Londonderry are lucky to be alive, it was claimed last night.

The women were in a house in the Ballymagroarty area of the city when up to seven shots were fired at it.

The shooting took place at Merriman Court shortly after 12am yesterday morning.

A PSNI spokesman said two people were in the house at the time of the attack, but there were no reports of injuries. Boarded up windows could be seen at the front of the property yesterday.

An SDLP councillor for the area, Mark H Durkan, said those responsible had no concern for human life.

“This is a despicable act and I condemn it without question,” he said. “We could easily be waking up to a double fatality.

“Unfortunately there are people who see the use of firearms as an acceptable part of society. Thankfully the large majority of people disagree.

“Firearms have no place in our society and should be taken away from those who think they have the right to use them on other members of the community.”

Mr Durkan added: “I’m glad no-one was injured during the shooting and I wish the victims a speedy recovery from their ordeal.

“I urge anybody with information regarding the incident to pass it to the police.”

Sinn Fein councillor Billy Page said it was “a disgraceful attack on the whole community”.

He said: “Nobody should be firing shots into a home or even threatening a whole community. We have a whole community that has been frightened.”

Detectives have appealed for anyone with information about the shooting to contact them on 0845 600 8000 or call the Crimestoppers charity freephone line on 0800 555 111.

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