Police are appealing for information following a report of a shooting incident at a house in the Loughanhill Park area of Coleraine.
Inspector Martin Mullan said: “At approximately 11:30pm on Sunday, 9th February, we received a report that two masked men had entered a property in the area and fired a number of shots. “We are extremely lucky that no-one was injured as a result of this incident which occurred in a residential area. Whoever carried out this reckless act showed a total disregard for both those inside the property and local residents.
“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident or anyone who has information that could assist police with their enquiries to contact police at Coleraine on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 1782 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.”