A young mother of two whose house was targeted in a gun attack on Sunday last night told how her children were very shocked by the incident and added that they will take some time to recover.
Lisa Gorman (21), of Brittons Parade in West Belfast, was in the house with her boyfriend Joe McCausland (23) and her brother and mother Marie, as well as her two-year-old daughter Brogan and three-year-old Corrina when two shots were fired at the front of the property at around 2am.
The door was left badly damaged and while no-one in the house was injured they were all left very shocked.
Ms Gorman said: "I don't know why anyone would want to do this, especially at Christmas.
"I'm just glad my two girls weren't hurt.
"They are both very shocked about what happened and I honestly think it will take quite a while for them to recover from this."
Meanwhile, neighbours of the Gorman's were staying tight lipped about the incident. One woman lives nearby - but declined to be named - said: "I don't really know the Gormans, but they are no worse than some other folk who live round here. It is a mercy no-one was hurt."
Police cordoned off the street for a time and spent Sunday investigating the incident with the family.
Local Ballymurphy councillor Maire Cush said: "I utterly condemn this attack and would call on anyone with any information to contact the PSNI or the Upper Springfield Community Safety Forum at the Frank Cahill Centre."
Detectives are now trying to establish a motive for the attack and are appealing for anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the area in the early hours of Sunday morning to contact them on 0845 6008000 or Crimestoppers.