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Three arrested after shots fired into flat in Killyleagh


Forensic officer at the scene yesterday

Forensic officer at the scene yesterday

Forensic officer at the scene yesterday

Two men were left badly shaken after shots were fired at a property in Co Down.

Police have arrested two men, aged 25 and 39, and a woman aged 21, after the incident at a flat at Castleview in Killyleagh. They were late released on bail pending further police investigation.

The men in the flat were not injured, but the PSNI said they were left badly shaken after a number of shots were fired through a window.

The incident occurred before 7am yesterday.

DUP councillor William Walker, who spoke to one of the victims, said: "Without reservation, I totally condemn this incident.

"This is the last thing the people of Killyleagh want. We are a community that lives side by side.

"We don't want any of this nonsense.

"I had thought producing guns was a thing of the past. We don't want it, we are sick, sore and fed up of it."

Mr Walker said he did not believe the shooting was sectarian in nature.

He said a group of men had been kicking people's doors at the block of flats at around 5.30am.

Around half-an-hour later one of the occupants of the flat noticed up to a dozen men coming up through the estate before shots were fired through the window.

He added: "He is very shaken. Because of the commotion earlier on, he was looking through the window and saw them coming up. Next minute he heard a crack and he instantly fell to the ground.

"There were a number of more shots; he thinks it was six to eight shots fired at the house.

"He hit the floor and was able to get down behind the wall."

SDLP councillor Terry Andrews also condemned the attack.

"What has happened here is wrong and nobody deserves to go through that ordeal," he said.

"I condemn without reservation what happened and I would appeal for anyone with any information that would help to bring those responsible to justice to contact Crimestoppers or the local police."

DUP MLA Peter Weir said: "This is a very concerning and distressing incident for those who have been the victim of this attack. I utterly condemn it.

"It will come as a big shock to the people of Killyleagh."

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting the reference number 378.

Belfast Telegraph