Detectives investigating a shooting incident in Coleraine last night (Sunday, 9th February) are further appealing for witnesses and information.
Detective Inspector Peter McKenna said: “We received a report at approximately 11:30pm that two masked men entered a house in Loughanhill Park where three adults, a man and two women, and three young children aged under five years old, were present.
“Two of the children were downstairs, and the adults were in the kitchen when the gunmen fired a number of shots, some of which struck the kitchen table.
“The suspects then left.
“Thankfully, no one was injured during this reckless attack that was carried out by faceless thugs who clearly have no regard for the safety of others.
“What is clear is the hypocrites who carried out this violent attack don’t care at all about the children in the community.
“There is absolutely no justification for an attack like this, and we must all work together to bring those responsible to justice and to stop this from happening.
“An investigation is under way to establish why this attack occurred and who is responsible.
“I want to take this opportunity to appeal to anyone who has information about this incident, or who was in the area, prior to around the time the shooting occurred, and who saw anything out of the ordinary to contact detectives in Coleraine on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1782 of 09/02/20 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Commenting on the incident UUP’s Councillor William McCandless said – “As yet I am not aware of anyone who has carried out this shooting incident, however, I unreservedly condemn whoever was involved and fortunately we are not looking at a fatality or serious injury.
Our community does not support such action, there was no justification before and there is still no place for weapons being brought onto our streets by criminal elements. No one or any group should think they have the right to intimidate or subject any section of our community to the use of violence, it is never the answer.
I appeal to anyone who knows anything concerning this to report it to the PSNI.”
SDLP’s Councillor Stephanie Quigley also condemned the incident “There is no place in our society for attacks like this. For two masked men to enter a family home late at night, is simply horrifying, showing no regard for the people in the house and the whole community.
I appeal to anyone with any information to contact the PSNI immediately.”
Concluding MLA Maurice Bradley also condemned the incident: “I would ask that anyone with any information gets in contact with the PSNI. Thankfully no one was injured on this occasion, however I would remind anyone who brings a weapon onto the streets that there is always the potential to cause the loss of life.”