Gun attack on Catholic family home

BULLET HOLES. . . .The livingroom window of the house at Jeffrey Avenue, Lincoln Courts. 2311JM12

BULLET HOLES. . . .The livingroom window of the house at Jeffrey Avenue, Lincoln Courts. 2311JM12

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A gun attack on the home of a Catholic family in the Waterside was sectarian, it’s been claimed.

Eight bullets were fired into the home at Jeffrey Avenue shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning but the three occupants escaped injury.

Two men were seen fleeing the scene on a motorcycle which was found burned out a short time later at Lincoln Courts.

The family - a woman, her partner and her son - has lived at the property for nine years.

The woman said she believed the attack may have sectarian. “That’s what we think, we don’t know what else it could have been.”

DUP Alderman Drew Thompson said the attack - in which shots were fired in the living room window of the home - could easily have ended in tragedy.

“There’s simply no room for these types of incidents or the people behind them and we’re lucky that we’re not dealing with a tragedy here today, given the recklessness of the attack.” He said it was shocking that such an incident took place in such “a very quiet area”. “The family has lived here for nine years so this has come as an awful shock to both them and the community.”

Detectives at Strand Road are appealing for information. A PSNI spokesperson said: “Detectives would ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have seen this motorcycle between 12.00am in Jeffrey Avenue and 12.10am in Lincoln Courts to contact them at Strand Road on 0845 600 8000.