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Residents outraged as gun gang opens fire on Derry home while children play nearby

By Donna Deeney

Published 16/06/2015

Kevin Campbell
Kevin Campbell

Residents in a street where masked gunmen opened fire as children played nearby are furious at the criminals' total disregard for life.

Dissident republicans are believed to be responsible, although a motive for the Sunday afternoon attack has yet to be established.

People living near the house attacked in Fanad Drive in the Creggan area of Londonderry said anyone could have been caught up in the gunfire.

Police closed the area off for several hours after receiving the report of shots around 7.30pm on Sunday.

It's understood children were inside the house targeted, although no one was hurt.

One woman who lives in Fanad Drive said it was only good fortune that no one was injured.

She said: "This was a nice, sunny afternoon and there were a fair few children out on the streets playing and the next thing you heard was the gunfire.

"I don't know who or what it was they were shooting at and I don't care, but that was a total disregard for life because anyone outside could have been hit.

"It is not unheard of for bullets to bounce off walls and hit some innocent person nearby. This was the height of stupidity and shows how little these people care about the community in Creggan."

Kevin Campbell, a Sinn Fein councillor for the area and former mayor of the city, slammed those behind the attack.

Mr Campbell said: "It is very worrying that this took place on a summer's night with residents out and about enjoying the good weather. It shows you that these people don't give a damn about the people living here if they are prepared to open fire in broad daylight on a Sunday evening when there are plenty of people out and about.

"These gunmen need to go away, they have no support, they are not welcome and they offer no solution to anything."

Detective Inspector Lindsay Kitson said: "I would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact detectives at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101.

"Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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