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Man and woman lucky to escape injury in shooting

Police have appealed for information (stock photo)
Police have appealed for information (stock photo)
Allan Preston

By Allan Preston

Residents in Craigavon have been left shocked after a man and woman escaped a gun attack.

Shots were fired at a property in the Parkmore area of Craigavon around 1.45am yesterday.

A bullet hole could be seen in a window of the house while a car parked outside was also hit twice.

A man and a woman were inside at the time but were not injured.

DUP MLA Jonathan Buckley condemned it as "an irresponsible act" with "complete disregard" for life.

"It beggars belief that so shortly after the death of Lyra McKee, caused by the careless firing of rounds in a crowd, we have someone firing shots towards a house and a car in a residential area," he said.

"I would say very clearly to those responsible that regardless which banner they claim to act under, what cause they claim or who they were targeting there is no justification for this action.

"The people of Craigavon do not want guns on the streets.

"I would appeal to anyone with information on the shooting to contact the PSNI, before someone loses their life."

SDLP councillor Thomas Larkham called it a reckless and unjustified attack.

"Parkmore is a relatively quiet area and people are rightly concerned by this," he said.

"I can't say if it's linked but there has been quite a number of other attacks in the central Craigavon area."

This includes an incident in March when a pipe bomb was pushed through the letter box of a house in the Burnside area while a 65-year-old woman was inside.

"It's a very worrying trend," said Mr Larkham.

"We will be seeking an urgent meeting with police to see what can be done.

"A bullet can go anywhere, it's fortunate no one was injured in this attack. We could have been waking up to a very different scenario."

He added: "The good people of the Craigavon area are shocked and deeply concerned this has happened in their community. Those responsible must be taken off our streets and I would appeal to anyone with any information to contact the PSNI."

Appealing for information, Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said: "Did you see any suspicious persons or vehicles in the vicinity of Parkmore in the early hours of this morning? Do you have any information that could assist detectives with their enquiries? If so, please contact detectives at Lurgan on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 64, May 9, 2019.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

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