Belfast Telegraph

Gun attack on home being treated as race crime by detectives

By Cate McCurry

A family have been left distraught after their home was at the centre of what is believed to be a racially-motivated gun attack.

The house in Lurgan was targeted in the early hours of yesterday morning when a number of shots were fired at the property.

Damage was caused to the front door and a living room window when the house in the Princes Street area of the town was attacked at approximately 2am.

There were four people in the house at the time of the incident.

Nobody was injured, but the occupants were left very badly shaken.

While police are treating it as a hate crime, a local councillor suggested that it could be the result of a feud between a number of foreign nationals.

Ulster Unionist councillor for the area, Colin McCusker, said he has been made aware it may be gang-related.

He said: "I have been told it was over a feud between foreign nationals, but that has not been confirmed.

"I want to condemn this attack unreservedly and ask that anyone who has information to bring it to the police," he added.

"I don't at this stage understand the motivation as to why they would attack this family this way and hope that the police are able to bring a clear picture as to what motivated the crime and let us work towards eradicating this from the area."

Detective Sergeant Colin Patterson appealed for information about the incident and asked anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area to contact detectives at Lurgan.

Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Liam Mackle, said the family have been left distraught by the shooting.

"There is no place for guns in our society and no place for the kind of hatred that makes people think using guns is acceptable," he said.

"Anyone with information about this attack should give it to the PSNI. The people of north Lurgan have been working hard as a community recently to deal with issues like anti-social behaviour.

"They do not need these people bringing guns into the area and attacking family homes."

Upper Bann DUP MLA Carla Lockhart described it as an "abhorrent attack".

The Assembly member said: "An attack like this is worrying and upsetting, not least for those living in the house at the time.

"Many within the community will be shocked by this hate crime. Incidents like this tarnish the good name of Lurgan and the people that live there."

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