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Derry family flee home after shots are fired through window

By Donna Deeney

Published 17/10/2015

A twelve-year-old girl and her parents have fled their home in the Waterside area of Londonderry after shots were fired through a window
A twelve-year-old girl and her parents have fled their home in the Waterside area of Londonderry after shots were fired through a window

A twelve-year-old girl and her parents have fled their home in the Waterside area of Londonderry after shots were fired through a window.

The attack happened at the family home in Whitethorn Drive, Curryneiran, shortly after 10.30pm on Thursday.

A forensic examination of the area was carried out yesterday while the investigation to establish a motive continues.

Neighbours were shocked that guns were used in a residential area.

One woman who lives nearby said: "I didn't hear anything last night and it wasn't until I saw all the police this morning that I found out about the shooting.

"This is generally a good area to live and this is the last thing you want to have to worry about.

"It happened around 10.30pm so there was every chance young people would have been about and they could have been hit, never mind the fact that bullets were fired into the house without seeing who was in there, so anyone of the ones that live there could have been hit, including the wee girl, and that's not on."

Although the family were at home at the time of the shooting, no one was injured.

Local Sinn Fein councillor Christopher Jackson condemned those behind the attack.

He said: "There is no place in society for guns and whoever carried out this attack showed no regard for any of the occupants. This is a quiet area and people have been left very unsettled by this."

SDLP councillor Gerard Diver asked for the community to support the PSNI in its investigation.

He said: "It is pretty shocking that guns were brought onto the streets of Currynieran and I know residents reject this activity.

"I would encourage anyone with information that could assist the police to contact them."

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact them at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101.

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