Sunday 17 November 2019

Grandmother and children escape injury in 'terrifying' gun attack

The shattered window
The shattered window

Angela Rainey

A grandmother and her two grandchildren had a lucky escape after shots were fired through their living room window.

The three had gone to bed at their home on Shimna Walk in Lurgan on Saturday night when a man shot twice through the window.

He was seen running from the scene seconds later.

No one was injured but the woman, who is in her 50s, and the children were "shaken" by the ordeal.

Three police Land Rovers attended the scene and sealed off the area.

MLAs condemned the attack and urged residents to stay calm.

Upper Bann DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said: "My thoughts are with those who were caught up in this terrifying ordeal, particularly the children. I utterly condemn it and am thankful no one was seriously injured.

"This is a residential area and on speaking with local people they are naturally deeply concerned.

"This is the second occurrence in a very short space of time and I am working with all concerned and the authorities to ensure action is taken and community confidence restored."

Sinn Fein MLA John O'Dowd also condemned the attack.

"This attack on Saturday night, during which shots were fired at a house in Shimna Walk, is wrong and must be condemned," Mr O'Dowd said.

"Thankfully no-one was injured in this incident but it must have been a frightening experience for those involved.

"There is no place for guns on the streets and those behind these attacks need to end their war with the community."

Belfast Telegraph

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