Belfast Telegraph

Seven escape injury in gun attack

Seven people have escaped injury in a gun attack on a house in Co Tyrone.

Shots were fired through the back window of a property at McClay Park in Omagh last night.

There were no reports of any injuries but the seven adults were left badly shaken, police said.

A motive for the attack has yet to be established and a spokeswoman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said detectives were investigating all lines of enquiry.

The incident happened just before 9.30pm.

Sinn Fein MLA Declan McAleer condemned those responsible and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

He said: "Thankfully no-one was injured in this incident but 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.

"I would urge anyone with information on this attack to bring it forward to the PSNI."

Meanwhilie, PSNI chief inspector Brian Foster also appealed for information.

He said: "I appeal to anyone who was in the McClay Park area yesterday evening between 9pm and 9.30pm and witnessed the incident, noticed any suspicious activity in the area or has any information relating to the incident to contact detectives in Omagh on the non emergency number 101 or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Ulster Unionist MLA Ross Hussey, who sits on the Northern Ireland 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.

"Fortunately nobody was seriously injured. However this house is in a large housing estate."


From Belfast Telegraph