Northern Ireland

Occupants of Co Down house targeted in gun attack had 'lucky escape'

Police have appealed for information
Police have appealed for information

THE occupants of a house in Co Down targeted in a gun attack had a "lucky escape", a local councillor said.

Two men and a woman were in the property in Railway Street in Banbridge when a shot was fired through the window last night.

One of the men, who is aged in his 20s, suffered minor head injuries. It is understood a shotgun was used in the attack.

The shooting happened in a residential area, close to Banbridge leisure centre, with a number of people using the facilities at the time.

Police described it as a "contemptible and calculated attack".

"Police attended a property at Railway Street after receiving a report at approximately 8.15pm that a shot had been fired through a window," a PSNI spokesman said.

"Two men and a woman were inside the house at the time of the incident, and one of the occupants, a man in his 20s, received minor head wounds.

"A male, described as wearing black clothing and a balaclava, and carrying what appeared to be a shotgun, was seen in the area at the time. It was reported that he made off in the direction of the junction at Reilly Street and Huntley Road."

He added: "This was a contemptible and calculated attack, with the most serious potential consequences.

"Worryingly, anyone from the residents to potential passers-by, could have been killed.

"I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident, or has any information which could assist us with our enquiries, to contact us on 101."

Sinn Féin councillor Kevin Savage also said it was a "very reckless attack".

"I believe the young fella had a lucky escape in the attack, it is lucky no-one was more seriously injured," he said.

"The living rooms in those properties aren't big and for a shot to be fired through the window of it. This is a fairly residential area and the leisure centre is just across the road, so it would have been fairly busy with people.

"I would appeal to anyone with information to come forward."