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Six escape injury after second gun attack on house

Loughview Gardens in Coalisland where the gun attack took place
Loughview Gardens in Coalisland where the gun attack took place
Allan Preston

By Allan Preston

Police have described a shooting attack at a Co Tyrone property as an act of "senseless and reckless criminality".

The windows of a house in Loughview Gardens in Coalisland were damaged after a number of shots were fired yesterday at around 4.10am.

Six people including an elderly couple were inside at the time but no-one was injured.

Local SDLP councillor Malachy Quinn was woken by the shots and said the same property was targeted in a gun attack last year.

"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," he said.

"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."

Sinn Fein's Mid-Ulster MP Francie Molloy also condemned the attack, saying: "Thankfully no-one was injured in this incident, but it must have been a frightening experience for those in the area. I would encourage anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the PSNI."

A local source has said there is speculation the attackers were part of an organised crime gang from Dublin but a spokesperson from the PSNI said it remains unclear who was responsible. Detective Sergeant Robinson has appealed for information.

"Fortunately, none of the six occupants in the house at the time were injured," he said.

"Everyone has a right to live in a safe and stable community and this type of senseless and reckless criminality will not be tolerated. Thankfully, we are not dealing with any serious injuries or worse today.

"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."

He appealed for anyone with information to call 101 quoting reference number 202 of July 7, 2019, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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