Police in appeal for witnesses to shooting
A man has been arrested and released on bail pending further enquiries after a number of shots were fired at a house, causing damage to a window and a car windscreen, on Saturday night (January 7).
A PSNI spokesperson said: “The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Musgrave carried out a planned search in the east Belfast area on the afternoon of Sunday, January 8, and arrested a 33 year old man on suspicion of firearms offences.
“He has since been released pending further enquiries.”
No-one was injured in the late night attack at Invernook Drive, in the Sydenham area, but damage was caused to a window of the house and the windscreen of a car.
A red Hyundai was later discovered burnt out in the nearby Larkfield Manor area. It is believed this car may have been linked to the attack which was carried out at around 11pm on Saturday night.
A number of sources have indicated to the Community Telegraph that the householder was not the intended target of the shooting.
Alliance east Belfast MLA Judith Cochrane and party colleague Laura McNamee both condemned the shooting.
Ms Cochrane said: “I am shocked and outraged at this gun attack. I do not know what type of a person could carry out such a despicable crime.
“The people responsible are obviously very dangerous individuals. They are offering nothing to our society."
Councillor McNamee, who lives near Invernook Drive, was pleased to learn no one was hurt.
“I am disgusted by this attack in a residential area,” she said. “I am just glad that no one was hurt. Somebody could have been seriously injured or worse.
“The people responsible must be stopped and brought before the courts so I would urge anybody with any information about this attack to contact the police."
Jim Rodgers, UUP Councillor and Chairperson of the east Belfast District Policing Partnership said: “With regards to that incident it is very disturbing, there are far too many illegal firearms on our streets in this society.
“Regardless of the circumstances it is disturbing to see this. We can talk about strategies and programmes, but you cannot beat having police on the street.
“People are really disturbed about what is going on. There is far too much happening and although the police say they can cope they have been downsized and are being stretched to the limit.”
He said a delegation of UUP and DUP representatives were going to be meeting with senior police officers in the coming days to discuss policing in east Belfast.
He added: “People must not take the law into their own hands. Police are responsible for investigating crimes, however, crime needs to be curbed.”
Police are appealing for anyone who was in the Invernook Drive area between 11 and 11.20pm and who may have witnessed this incident to contact them. They are also appealing for anyone who may have seen the red Hyundai to contact Musgrave CID on 0845 600 8000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.