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Shots fired in north Belfast residential area - no reports of injuries

By Jonathan Bell

Shots have been fired in a north Belfast residential area.

It happened in the Tyndale area off the Ballysillan Road on Tuesday evening.

It is understood a gunman opened fire toward an individual close to Ballysillan Drive at around 9pm.

Witnesses have reported hearing multiple shots.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Police have not released details of the incident, however, officers have been making door-to-door enquiries and cordoned off part of the area.

Belfast DUP councillor Dale Pankhurst lives on the street.

"Shocked and sickened," he said in a Facebook post, "that a shooting has occurred in the street I live in and care for my elderly grandmother.

"Right outside her door. Entire street cordoned off. These days should be long gone!"

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph he said: "Those responsible for this gun attack just need to stop it.

"The people in the area just don't want it. It is coming up to the marching season and people are looking forward to that and all the celebrations - a street party is being planned for the first time - and they just want to get on with their lives.

"This is repulsive - a stray bullet could have gone through a window and injured or killed.

"Given the recent positive steps made by paramilitaries this is just repulsive and those behind it need to go away. Those considering reprisals should just cease it - no one wants this."

The attack comes just a day after loyalist paramilitaries issued a joint statement rejecting violence and criminal activity.

PUP councillor Julie-Anne Corr-Johnson said a lot of people were dismayed at the "violent incident".

"I am relieved that there has been no injuries but this has sent shockwaves through the community.

"Given the day that it is, the distance that we have travelled in the past 20 years there are still guns on our streets.

"While I'll reiterate my condemnation I also want to emphasise my unwavering desire to move beyond the dark days of the past and get guns off our streets."

She added: "People are also asking why, so I would appeal to the police to put some information out there to get some clarity around what has happened.

"Whilst there is considerable speculation it is at this stage to early to determine the community denomination of the perpetrator or perpetrators. We’ll wait for more information from the police before commenting further."

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