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Family escape injury after gunman opens fire on their north Belfast home

A young family have escaped injury after a gun attack at their north Belfast home.

A gunman opened fire after the door was opened by a man in the house in the Velsheda Court area, at around 10pm on Wednesday.

None of the rounds struck anyone inside.

The attacker then smashed the windscreen of a parked car before making off on foot.

It's understood a couple and their three children were in the house at the time of the shooting.

SDLP MLA Alban Maginness condemned the "reckless and barbaric attempt to attack a man in his home while a woman and three children were present".

"It is utterly unacceptable that once again those intent on violence have decided to take the law into their own hands and attempt to kill," he said.

"It’s through sheer fortune rather than design that we aren’t dealing with an even worse tragedy this morning.

"I would encourage anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious last night to report it to the authorities."

PSNI inspector Ian Lockyer explained said:

"It was reported to us that a man called to the house at around 10pm. When the door was answered by a male occupant, a number of shots were fired. The occupant was fortunately not struck by any of the shots.

"The suspect then smashed the windscreen of a car parked at the property and made off on foot from Velsheda Court through an alleyway to Cranbrook Court where it is believed he may have got into a white coloured car to leave the area.

"The suspect was described as being around 5'4" tall and was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with white draw strings. The occupant and a woman and three children also in the house at the time were not injured but left badly shaken by this incident."

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