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Shots fired in attack on car in Londonderry

Shots were fired at a car which was later found burnt out in Londonderry's Waterside area.

Police confirmed they were attending an "incident" in the Sevenoaks area.

Cordons are in place and police are currently conducting enquiries.

Police asked that members of the public avoid the area.

Foyle MLA Gary Middleton said it was lucky that nobody was killed in the incident.

"Speaking to police we are led to believe that was gunshots which is very disturbing," the DUP MLA said.

"We are led to believe a car was rammed by another and shots were fired at the car and the car was then burnt out in the nearby Lincoln Courts area.

"Parents were taken their children to various summer schemes, people were going to their work and the area is now closed off.

"People are thankful nobody was seriously injured or indeed killed, because that's the type of situation we could have been dealing with."

Detective Inspector Stephanie Finlay confirmed that shots were fired in the attack.

“This was a completely reckless attack carried out in a residential area and we are very lucky today that no-one has been seriously hurt or killed. Our enquiries are at a very early stage and we are working to establish a motive for this incident," Inspector Finlay said.

"I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information which could assist us with our enquiries to contact detectives at Strand Road on 101 quoting reference number 252 24/07/18. 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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