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Lurgan family escape after shots fired at home

By Nevin Farrell

Published 14/03/2016

Condemnation: Carla Lockart
Condemnation: Carla Lockart

A family had a lucky escape last night after a shotgun was fired at their front door.

The attack happened in Ardboe Drive in Lurgan, Co Armagh at around 7.30pm.

It's believed a father and his young son were in the house at the time, although there were no reports of any injuries.

A motive is unknown but it is believed the same house was targeted by arsonists in December, when the door was set alight.

The PUP has blamed "drug dealers with strong republican links" for last night's attack.

DUP councillor Carla Lockhart, speaking from Washington in the USA, said she knows the family who live in the house well. She described the attack as "an attempt on their lives".

"There have been a number of incidents over the last few months," she said.

"My understanding is that somebody came up and shot at the door. Thankfully no one was hurt. I condemn this - we could have been dealing with death.

"This situation has been escalating for some time and I would utterly condemn this attack.

"Ardboe Drive is a quiet, very community-focused area and this has rocked residents to the core."

Ulster Unionist councillor Colin McCusker said: "A young family was targeted and thankfully nobody was hurt. I clearly condemn this attack on a young man and his family.

"People should be allowed to live in peace and not be terrorised by individuals who want to wreak havoc in the community."

PUP Assembly candidate Sophie Long said the family targeted was "well known and respected".

"Fortunately on this occasion no one has been hurt though there is considerable shock throughout the community.

"This is the third attempt of intimidation carried out at the same house, which recently had inflammable liquid poured around the front door.

"Drug dealers with strong republican links have been operating within our community for some time and this appears to be the source of tonight's shooting incident."

Ms Long said PUP "activists were on the scene immediately after the shooting". She also criticised the PSNI for its slow response.

"Whilst the PSNI have now arrived, their response times and early action on the ground leaves a lot be desired," she said.

"However, we call on the PSNI to act immediately and take apart the drug gangs who wish terrorise our people into submission."

No statement about the shooting had been issued by the PSNI by time of going to press.

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