Belfast Telegraph

Family-of-seven in lucky escape after gun attack on Omagh home

By Sara Neil

A family has escaped injury after a number of shots were fired through the window of a house in what appears to be a random attack.

Seven people aged from 18 to 53 were inside their Omagh home when the gun attack happened just before 9.30 on Thursday night.

It is not known why the property at McClay Park, which is part of a large housing estate in the town, was targeted, and police are investigating all lines of inquiry.

In the hours after the shooting the area surrounding the home remained sealed off while PSNI search teams examined the scene for clues.

Bullet holes could be clearly seen in the window as police stood guard yesterday.

DUP councillor Errol Thompson, a member of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership, said: "My understanding is that it wasn't politically, racially or sectarian motivated. It was on New Year's night, and that's not a good way to have to start the new year.

"People in the town are generally shocked.

"There are elderly residents in the area as well, and people heard the shots from miles away.

"It was traumatising for all involved."

SDLP councillor Josephine Deehan said she was "totally horrified" at the attack.

"I don't know the background but this is totally unusual for Omagh," she said. "I would hope that it's not something that's going to be repeated.

"The last thing we need is for guns to be fired on the streets."

Ulster Unionist MLA Ross Hussey, who sits on the Policing Board, described the attack as "despicable and cowardly".

He said: "The new year is all about peace and goodwill, but the perpetrators of this attack know nothing of either."

Sinn Fein MLA Declan McAleer also condemned those responsible. He said: "It must have been a very frightening experience for those in the house and their neighbours.

Those responsible for this incident do not represent the views of the community in Omagh.

"This is a community moving forward and we do not want this type of activity trying to drag us back to the past."

Police have appealed for anyone with information about the attack to contact them.

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