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Mum and kids flee in terror after gunmen fire shots at house

By Donna Deeney

Published 14/10/2016

A mother and her two young children were left terrified after gunmen fired a number of shots at their house in a quiet residential area of Dungiven
A mother and her two young children were left terrified after gunmen fired a number of shots at their house in a quiet residential area of Dungiven

A mother and her two young children were left terrified after gunmen fired a number of shots at their house in a quiet residential area of Dungiven.

The woman was inside her home at Ard na Smoll on Wednesday night when she answered a knock on the door - only to be confronted by up to four masked gunmen.

She was threatened by the gang before shots were fired into the air.

The woman's two young children were inside at the time although neither the woman nor the children were harmed.

They have since fled the house and are understood to be staying with family.

One woman, who did not want to be identified, heard the shots shortly before 9pm. She said: "I was getting my own children to bed and had just sat down when I heard the loud bangs.

"At first I thought it was wee ones out in the street messing about with bangers, but then I realised it was actual gunfire.

"I kept the curtains pulled because I was too afraid to look out if I am honest."

Sinn Fein councillor Sean McGlinchey condemned the attack.

He said:"I haven't been able to speak to this young woman who was with her two children because she has moved out and is staying with family in Limavady.

"This was a young mother and her two children, but there are also other young families living in Ard na Smoll who have been left very shocked by this.

"It is very alarming, very concerning that armed gunmen arrived in the street where there are so many young families."

Detectives investigating the shooting are appealing for witnesses.

Detective Sergeant Wallace said: "It was reported that at around 8.45pm a number of masked men approached a house in the area and threatened the female occupant before firing a number of shots in the air.

"The men then made off in what was described as a silver coloured jeep.

"Our investigation into this incident is ongoing and I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who has any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives in Coleraine on 101 quoting reference number 1263 of 12/10/16 or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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