Concern over shooting incidents

A local District Policing Partnership member has raised concerns about the growing number of shooting incidents in the city in recent days.

Sinn Féin councillor Maeve McLaughlin was speaking after the latest incident when a number of shots were fired at a house in the Quarry Street area of the Brandywell on Wednesday night. Shortly after 11pm two gunmen fired at the house. The occupant was at home at the time but no-one was injured.

Two men wearing black hooded tops were seen running from the area immediately after the shooting before making off in a car which was parked nearby.

Condemning the attack, Councillor McLaughlin said it was the latest in a series of incidents involving guns in the city.

“Wednesday night’s incident in the Brandywell area is the fourth occasion in the past few weeks that guns have been brought onto the streets of our city,” she said.

The DPP member said the growing number of attacks is alarming people in all areas of the city.

“There is a growing concern over the regularity of these attacks and the possible implications,” she said. The overwhelming majority of people in the city do not support gun attacks on people or property, she stated.

Colr. McLaughlin added: “I would like to make it clear to those responsible for these shootings that communities across Derry do not want these actions taking place and those behind them need to stop. I would urge anyone with information on these attacks to bring it forward straight away.”

The shooting was claimed by a well-known ‘Republican’ vigilante group.