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Shots fired at house of Co Tyrone elderly couple in 'appalling' attack

Police have appealed for information
Police have appealed for information

Police have appealed for information after a number of shots were fired at a house in Co Tyrone on Monday morning.

The shots were fired at a house in Loughview Gardens, Coalisland at around 4:10am, striking and damaging windows.

None of the six people in the house at the time were injured.

Sinn Fein MP Francie Molloy condemned the attack and urged anyone with information to contact police.

"This incident where shots were fired at a house in the Loughview area of Coalisland was wrong and should be condemned," the Mid Ulster MP said.

"Thankfully no one was injured in this incident but it must have been a frightening experience for those in the area."

Local SDLP councillor Malachy Quinn said it was the second such attack in recent months.

"I have been contacted by residents this morning who, like myself, were woken up by the shots," he said.

“I strongly condemn this shooting, yet again we have had outsiders coming into our community to play judge, jury and executioner, putting innocent lives at risk and disturbing others.

"Last time they narrowly missed young people having a party, this time it was an elderly couple sleeping and it’s only a matter of time before someone is killed if these people aren’t caught.”

Detective Sergeant Robinson said that such "senseless and reckless criminality" will not be tolerated.

"Thankfully, we are not dealing with any serious injuries, or worse today," he said.

"We are working to establish a motive for this appalling attack and I want to reassure the community we are taking what happened this morning very seriously and I am appealing to anyone with information to please get in touch with us.

"In particular, I want to appeal to anyone who saw any person/persons acting suspiciously, or any cars being driven in a suspicious manner between 4am and 4:10am in the area  to call detectives on 101 quoting reference number 202 of 1/07/19.

"Alternatively information can also be provided by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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