Belfast Telegraph

Man targeted in gun attack on home vows 'I'm not moving out'

By Brendan McDaid

A man who narrowly escaped being killed when gunmen opened fire on his Londonderry home has vowed to stay put.

The 25-year-old was watching television in the living room when the gunman began shooting at the front door and an upstairs bedroom window.

The attack occurred in a terraced row of houses in the Drumard Park in Hazelbank.

No motive has yet been established.

It is understood the rounds were fired from a shotgun at around 10.30pm on Monday.

Despite fears that those responsible for the shooting may return, the man said he is refusing to be intimidated out of his home.

“The bottom line is I am not scared and I will not be moving out of my home, it is as simple as that,” he said.

“I am definitely staying.”

Neighbours at the scene, which lies close to a local playgroup, described their shock at the attack.

One woman said: “I heard the shooting. It seemed to be coming from outside my front door.

“I ran up the stairs I was that afraid.

“You just don’t expect that sort of carry-on to be happening on your doorstep. It’s horrific.”

A local man added: “There were five shots altogether. I’ve never heard gunshots before but you knew straight away.

“It’s not something we would be used to or something we would want to get used to.”

Other neighbours said they believed there was no vehicle used in the attack and that the gunman ran off through the fields directly opposite the houses.

SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey said the shooting came at a time when the whole city should be “warming in the glow” of Lonely Planet’s endorsement of the city as a must-see destination.

He said: “I condemn this shooting wholly.

“On the day the entire island of Ireland is looking at Derry, we have people hell-bent on disrupting that positive image.

“These people need to step aside and let us get on with making that positive contribution.”

Mr Ramsey added: “I urge anybody to pass whatever information they know about this to the police.

“Derry cannot afford to have people running around with guns and firing them into people’s homes.”

There was a heavy police presence in the area yesterday, with officers going door-to-door to speak to residents and PSNI teams patrolling in cars.

A PSNI spokesman said: “Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact CID in Strand Road on 0845 600 8000.

“Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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