Family escapes injury in drive-by shooting

May 18, 2010

by Brónagh Murphy

A young family narrowly escaped injury when their home came under gun attack in Newry on Friday night.

At least eight shots were fired at the property and a car in Quayside Close, in the Dromalane area of the city, around 10.30pm.

Police say a 34-year-old man, a 33-year-old woman and a four-year-old child were in the house at the time.

According to police a light coloured Renault car, travelling from the Omeath direction, turned into the estate and pulled up outside the house.  The driver and passenger got out of the vehicle and fired a number of shots into the window and door of the house and a nearby car.  The pair then made off in the direction of Omeath.

It is believed a third person was also in the vehicle.

No one was injured in the attack and police are appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident or observed the car driving to or from Quayside Close to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA, Dominic Bradley, says those responsible were ‘playing reckless with the safety of the innocent public’.

“I condemn this incident without question. There is no excuse for firing shots in a residential area by those who think they are above the law,” Mr Bradley said.

“The residents of the area are shocked that such an incident happened in their locality and are quite rightly angry that it has.

“I’m relieved nobody was injured and thankful those inside, which included a small child, escaped without physical harm.

“I urge anybody with information regarding this incident to pass it to the police. We cannot have people carrying out drive-by shootings with impunity and need to take them off the streets to face the full rigours of the law.”

Commenting on the incident, Sinn Féin’s Assemblyman, Mickey Brady, said: “This is very worrying as Quayside Close it a populous area and indiscriminate shooting is reckless in the extreme.

“Whoever is responsible must be condemned in the strongest terms,” he added.