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Woman shot as she tries to flee from masked men at her Co Antrim home

By Claire Williamson

A woman has been shot in the legs as she tried to escape from two masked men who forced their way into her home in Newtownabbey.

On Sunday night at 7.45pm two masked men, one believed to have been armed with a handgun, forced their way in to the home of a 47-year-old woman in the Ballyronan Park area.

Two other men, who were also present at the time tried to escape along with the woman, however she was shot outside the house in her attempt to flee.

Police said the woman has sustained gunshot wounds to both her legs. One of the men aged 40 years also sustained minor injuries to his legs and chin after being assaulted at the scene.

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment for her injuries which aren't believed to be life threatening at this stage.

SDLP MLA for north Belfast Alban Maginness called it a "sickening and vile attack".

He said: “For anyone to so viciously and callously inflict gunshot wounds on anyone is totally abhorrent. But to shoot a woman as she flees her home for safety is sickening and vile. Those behind this have committed an unspeakably cruel crime and must be brought to justice.

“I would encourage anyone with any information to speak to police in Newtownabbey as soon as possible.”

Detectives in Newtownabbey are appealing for information following the shooting incident.

Detective Inspector David Skelly said: “I appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information to contact Detectives at Newtownabbey 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 on 0800 555 111."

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