Shots fired in Creggan’s Telstar

The scene at The Telstar Bar in Creggan in Derry on Saturday evening after reports of shots being fired in the victinity. DER0215MC110

The scene at The Telstar Bar in Creggan in Derry on Saturday evening after reports of shots being fired in the victinity. DER0215MC110

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Police in Derry are hunting a gang of masked men who entered the Telstar Bar in Creggan on Saturday night and fired a number of shots.

No one was injured in the incident which took place at around 6.30 p.m. on Saturday evening.

It is understood that masked men entered the Telstar public bar initially armed with sticks looking for an individual.

They left on finding that the person concerned had left. The gang returned a short while later, one of them carrying a handgun and shots were discharged.

Chief Inspector Andy Lemon said: “Police investigations into this report are already underway and I appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area around this time or anyone who has information about the incident to contact detectives at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101.”

SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey condemned those behind the incident.

He said: “This is a despicable act which I condemn. Masked gunmen entered the Telstar bar and shots were fired.

“Thankfully no one was injured in this incident, but it could have been a very different scenario, and someone in the bar could have been killed.

“It is very worrying and alarming for those who were in the bar at the time, but also for the people of the Creggan area who have gone through so much in the past.

“There are people who are intent on causing harm to others, but the people of Creggan deserve to be able live in peace.”

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan condemned those responsible for discharging the gun.

Mr Durkan said: “People in Creggan and throughout this city are shocked, disgusted and outraged at this attack.

“It is no thanks to those responsible that we are not talking about the serious injury of patrons of the bar or worse. Those responsible have no regard for anyone except their own warped and violent egos.

“It is important that anyone with information relating to this incident passes it on to the PSNI.”

Sinn Fein councillor Kevin Campbell said: “We are very lucky no one was injured in this incident.

“Those responsible represent no one but themselves.

“They have no place in our community; guns have no place in our community.

“And they need to stop these actions immediately.”