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Elderly woman left 'badly shaken' after shot fired at Co Armagh home

An elderly woman was left badly shaken by the attack. Picture by Hugh Russell

AN elderly woman has been left "badly shaken" after a shot was fired at her Co Armagh home.

Police have described the attack on the pensioner's house in Portadown as "reckless". The shot struck the front window of the property on Loughgall Road, smashing the outer pane.

It is understood that the woman, believed to be aged 73, had just left the living-room of the house to go into her kitchen when the attack happened at around 12.25am this morning.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Dave Stewart said: "Thankfully, the woman was not injured as a result of this reckless attack but, as you can imagine, she has been left badly shaken.

"We are working to establish a motive for this attack and I am appealing to anyone who was in Loughgall Road area at around the time of the incident and saw or heard anything suspicious to get in touch with detectives."

UUP leader Doug Beattie, an MLA for the area, said: "This was a totally reckless act that could have endangered the life of the lady that lives in the property, and the lives of her neighbours, not to mention anyone else who happened to be in the area at that time.

"Quite often those injured in incidents like this are bystanders, caught in the crossfire or hit by ricocheting bullets.

"It is reckless and deplorable and there is no place for this type of activity in the community."

DUP assembly member Jonathan Buckley also said it was a "disgraceful attack on the home of an elderly woman".

"Shooting indiscriminately through at a window is a reckless and murderous action," he said.

"The lady in question had only just left the living-room at the time of the attack and my thoughts are with her at this time.

"There can be no place for such actions in our society and those responsible must be held accountable."

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