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Woman shot in legs by masked man

A 47-year-old woman has been shot in both legs.

She was hit while trying to flee from two masked men who had forced their way into a house in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

It is believed one of the masked men was carrying a handgun.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said the attack happened in the Ballyronan Park area at about 7.45pm yesterday.

The woman, who was shot outside the house, was taken to hospital for treatment but her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A 40-year-old man who was also in the property at the time suffered minor injuries to his legs and chin after being assaulted at the scene.

Another man escaped uninjured.

PSNI Detective Inspector David Skelly appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

He 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.

SDLP MLA Alban Maginness described the shooting as sickening.

The North Belfast representative said: "I was absolutely appalled to hear the circumstances of a shooting in the Ballyronan Park area of Newtownabbey last night.

"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."

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