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Appeal for information following 'drive-by' shooting in Omagh

Police appeal for information following drive by shooting in Omagh.

DETECTIVES have appealed for information after a report of a 'drive by' shooting at a house in the Thornlea area of Omagh on Tuesday.

A black motorcycle carrying two people is thought to have slowed down and fired a number of shots at the house in Deverney Road shortly after 8.15pm, striking the front door and window, before speeding off.

A man and woman inside the house at the time were left shaken but uninjured.

DUP West Tyrone MLA Tom Buchanan said: "Thornlea is a very quiet, settled community within Omagh and this has shocked people within the local area.

"There can be no place in our society for anyone using guns or violence. It is vital that those responsible for this act are brought to justice".

Alliance councillor Stephen Donnelly has condemned those behind a shooting saying it was "an outrageous and shocking act of violence".

"While I am relieved none of the residents of Thornlea have been injured in this attack, this nonetheless represents an outrageous and shocking act of violence that could quite easily have been fatal,” said Mr Donnelly.

PSNI Detective Inspector Trevor Stevenson appealed to anyone with any information to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 1801 of 13/08/19 or call Crimestoppers.

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