Shots fired at north Belfast house

Shots fired at north Belfast house

A man and child have escaped injury after shots were fired at their home in north Belfast.

It happened in the Westland Way area on Monday at around 11.50pm.PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Gary Reid said: "The male occupant of the house heard two shots."On going to the front door of his house he noticed two strike marks."No one was injured in this incident."Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly condemned those responsible for the shooting."It's no thanks to the attackers that no one was seriously injured in this cowardly attack," he said."There can be no place in our society for armed gangs and this type of activity should be brought to a halt."He appealed for political and community leaders in the loyalist community to work with police in a bid to prevent further attacks.North Belfast DUP Councillor, Alderman Lydia Patterson, said she was "appalled" by the attack."The PSNI are treating it as an act of intimidation but do not believe there was a sectarian motive. Whatever dispute lay behind this reckless attack this is entirely the wrong way to deal with such matters," she said."Those responsible could not have been sure of the consequences of firing these blasts. Thankfully no-one was injured but it will have been deeply shocking not just for the man and child inside the house but also for their neighbours and the local community."I appeal for no escalation and no further incidents and urge anyone who can assist the police investigation into this criminal attack to bring that information forward."SDLP North Belfast Councillor Patrick Convery also condemned what happened in the Westland estate."This was a reckless attack that could have seriously injured or killed the man and child that were in the house at the time. Those behind it clearly have no regard for the life of anyone," he said."There is a fear that this attack may have been a result of growing tensions between loyalist groups in the area. If this is indeed the case, it's important that the entire community stands up and refuses to be dragged back into a spiral of violence that will only see innocent bystanders hurt."Police have asked who may have witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact Detectives at Tennent Street on the non-emergency number 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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