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Four people escape injury after shots fired at Newry house

 A "volley of shots" was fired at a house in Newry last night

FOUR people have escaped uninjured after shots were fired at a house in Newry late last night.

Police said a "volley of shots" was aimed at the home in Barcroft Park at around 11.45pm yesterday.

Several of the shots were fired into the living room of the house.

Police said it was fortunate none of the four adults inside were hit.

Inspector Frances McCullough said: "All were left extremely shaken but otherwise uninjured".

Officers are trying to establish a motive for the attack.

Darren Thompson, chairman of Barcroft Community Association, appealed to anyone with information to contact police.

"Whoever carried out the attack on this house showed a total disregard for the occupants and other local residents," he said.

"Local people are angry about this reckless incident. It is too early to speculate about the background, but we unreservedly condemn those responsible."

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady said the shooting "appears to be a reckless attack and must be condemned by all".

"Anyone with information about this criminal attack should bring it forward to the police," he said.

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty said the attack was "wholly unjustified".

"It is a miracle that the four adults in the house escaped injury," he said. 

"The people of Barcroft Park are shocked by this incident and deeply concerned this has happened in their community.

"Those responsible must be taken off our streets and I would appeal to anyone with any information to contact the PSNI in Newry on 101 or the Crimestoppers Number on 0800 555 111."

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