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Derry woman terrified after new home targeted in gun attack

By Leona O'Neill

The front door of a Londonderry woman's new home was blasted by gunfire on Tuesday night, terrifying her and her neighbours in a newly opened housing development.

Denise Hynd's Clon Elagh house was targeted shortly after 10pm while she was out.

She had moved into the property just four months ago.

A visibly upset Denise came home on Wednesday morning and was shocked to see her front door had a hole blasted right through it.

"I wasn't in the house when it happened," she said.

"The police phoned me last night and told me. I'm terrified."

Next-door neighbour Edele Wade says she was traumatised by the shooting and hasn't been able to sleep.

"I was in bed and I heard a big bang," she added.

"I jumped right out of bed. There was no one about the street at all.

"This is a really new area, it's really quiet.

"We have all been here about four months and I really love my home and I love this street.

"This has made me scared for my life. My bedroom window isn't far from where the bullet hit, it could have hit me.

"I am fearful living in my house now.

"This has really upset me, I didn't sleep at all last night. It has totally terrified me." Speaking from outside the house, local Sinn Fein councillor Sandra Duffy said someone could have been murdered in the attack.

"This is a new estate with young families," she said.

"We are hugely concerned that someone would bring a gun onto the streets and shoot at a property.

"You can clearly see that if someone was in that house last night and they were standing at the door, they would have been murdered.

"We could have been looking at a tragedy here today.

"I would ask the people behind this to come and explain why they came into this new estate and shot at a property indiscriminately."

SDLP councillor Brian Tierney described the incident as "another callous, criminal act on the streets of our city" and appealed to anyone who saw anything to contact the police.

"Those behind this attack have displayed a reckless disregard for the lives and safety of people living in this area," he said. "They have nothing to offer people in Derry."

Police are appealing for information following the shooting.

Detective Constable Richard Donnell said: "While fortunately no one was in the premises at the time of this incident, those responsible displayed a sheer recklessness and disregard for human life that most of us cannot fathom.

"I would urge anyone with any information about this incident to contact detectives at Criminal Investigation Branch, Strand Road, on the non-emergency number 101."

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