Multiple shots fired at family home

Published Thursday, 24 April 2014
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A two-year-old child was the youngest member of a family to have a lucky escape after shots were fired at a house in west Belfast.

The family told UTV that 11 of them were at home in the Whiterock Gardens area at about 10pm on Wednesday when four shots were fired through windows of the property.

A man and woman, their five daughters and four grandchildren all escaped injury in the attack on the house they had only moved into on Friday.

The family describe themselves as members of the Travelling community and police are treating the attack as a racist hate crime.

Kathleen Doherty said she and her children were terrified by the ordeal.

"It was very frightening because we've never had anything in our whole life like this happen to us," she told UTV.

"We only came here Friday, we were in here just cleaning out the house, trying to make a home for me and my kids.

"I didn't think they were going to be so hard on Traveller people coming into their neighbourhood, I don't know why this is happening."

She added: "This is a fear I'll never get out of my mind, to be honest with you, it'll hit me until the day I die."

The family say they will most likely have to move house again because of the attack.

Detectives are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on the non-emergency 101 number.

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9 Comments
J in Northern Ireland wrote (95 days ago):
These attacks are just disgusting. it happens within all our communities both Green and Orange and it is disgusting when it happens anywhere. I hope the family is ok. Certain posters on UTV should take note of this and realise that it really isn't all one sided.And we should ALL stand together to try and stamp it out rather than try to castigate certain communities whilst trying to political point score! The Posters I am thinking of know who they are.
Mark in Belfast wrote (95 days ago):
Michael in Templepatrick is very quiet on this one - maybe he only comments on hate crimes carried out in PUL communities??
Liam in Ireland wrote (95 days ago):
absolutely disgraceful shame on them brave men firing on innocent people just trying to live in peace. racism is alive and well in Belfast it behooves us all to reject outright this type of cowardly evil behavior.
juie in get a life wrote (96 days ago):
what is wrong with this world we are living in..can people no just get with their own lives and let others live in peace where they want to live and with who they want to live with..is life no hard enough for us as it is..what makes people think that this is acceptable and what makes it worse is that people in the same street condemn it but are scared to speak out about it..we are all jock tamsons weans!!
Ryan in Belfast wrote (96 days ago):
This is despicable. Typical belfast mentality of intolerance to anyone not of their 'sort'.. Have met some very decent travellers in my time.
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