Multiple shots fired at family home

Multiple shots fired at family home

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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