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Grandmother and young children 'very distressed' after shooting attack

Woman and grandchildren escape injury in attack

A grandmother and her two young grandchildren escaped injury in a shooting attack in Lurgan.

Police said two shots were fired through the living room window of the house in the Shimna Walk area of the town at about 10.30pm on Saturday.

A man was seen fleeing the scene moments later.

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said the incident had left the grandmother and the children "very distressed".

"Obviously they are extremely worried," she said.

"I have talked to the PSNI and there is a need now for them to work and increase resources in the area in order to restore community confidence.

"A lot of people are very concerned. This is a quiet area and a lot of elderly people live nearby. I would urge anyone with information to report it to the police. The sooner then have information, the quicker they can work to catch those responsible."

Sinn Fein MLA John O'Dowd also condemned the incident.

"Thankfully no one was injured in this incident but it must have been a frightening experience for those involved," he said.

"There is no place for guns on the streets and those behind these attacks need to end their war with the community.

"I would call on anyone with information to contact the PSNI."

Detective Inspector Stephen Harvey added: “A woman in her 50s and her two young grandchildren - who were asleep upstairs in the house at the time of the incident - were uninjured.

“We are carrying out a number of follow-up enquiries and we’re particularly keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time. If you have any information that could help our investigation, please contact police on the non-emergency number, quoting reference 1487 of 2/9/17.

“Alternatively, information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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