'I thought it was the end' - Belfast mum

'I thought it was the end' - Belfast mum

A north Belfast mother-of-three has told UTV she thought she was going to die during a gun attack at her home on Wednesday night.

At around 10pm, attempts were made to break into the home in the Velsheda Court area of Ardoyne.Carla Maguire, hearing the racket, immediately raced to the bedrooms to be with her children, a baby boy and two girls aged five and 10, and to call the police.However, about five minutes after the noise, not knowing what caused it, the 29-year-old went down the stairs - with her 12-month-old baby in her arms - to see what caused it.She told UTV: "I turned on the hall light and the outside light and opened the door and a man with a hood up walked through the gate and shot at me."My partner pushed me into the kitchen and managed to get the door locked, but then the man started firing through the kitchen window."I thought it was the end - I thought we were going to die."She added: "We can't live here anymore, the kids are scared they keep asking is the man going to come back."No one was injured in the attack, but the family were left badly shaken.Neighbours: victims a quiet family. Father often seen working at the house. Youngest of children a baby.They've condemned those responsible.— Sarah Clarke (@sarahclarke_utv) September 4, 2014A PSNI spokesman added: "The suspect then smashed the windscreen of a car parked at the property and made off on foot from Velsheda Court through an alleyway to Cranbrook Court where it is believed he may have got into a white coloured car to leave the area."The suspect was described as being around 5ft 4in tall and was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with white draw strings.Police are appealing for anyone who noticed suspicious activity in the area to contact them.SDLP North Belfast MLA Alban Maginness condemned the gun attack."It is utterly unacceptable that once again those intent on violence have decided to take the law into their own hands and attempt to kill," he added."This was a reckless and barbaric attempt to attack a man in his home while a woman and three children were present. It's through sheer fortune rather than design that we aren't dealing with an even worse tragedy this morning."Sinn Féin councillor Gerry McCabe said: "This incident was totally unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms."I'd urge anyone with any information to bring that forward to the PSNI urgently."


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