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terror Elderly woman left shaken after shots were fired at her home in Armagh

The incident occurred in the early hours of Friday morning


The scene of the shooting.  Pic Pacemaker

The scene of the shooting. Pic Pacemaker

The scene of the shooting. Pic Pacemaker

An elderly woman has been left shaken after a shot was fired at her home in Co. Armagh.

The woman, believed to be in her 70s, was at home during the incident and was not injured.

However, she was left badly shaken after a gunshot left the outer pane of glass on her front window shattered.

The incident occurred at the property on Loughgall Road at around 12.25am on January 21st.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the PSNI said: “Detectives investigating the report of a shooting incident in Portadown in the early hours of Friday 21st January are appealing for information.

“The incident at a house at Loughgall Road in the town was reported to have taken place at around 12:25am on Friday morning.”

PSNI Detective Sargent Dave Stewart said: "Thankfully, the woman was not injured but as you can imagine, she has been left badly shaken.


Damage caused by the shooting.  Pic Pacemaker

Damage caused by the shooting. Pic Pacemaker

Damage caused by the shooting. Pic Pacemaker

"We are working to establish a motive for this attack and I am appealing to anyone who was in the Loughgall Road area at around the time of the incident and saw or heard anything suspicious to get in touch with detectives in Lurgan on 101 quoting reference number 30 22/01/22.

"You can also submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online."

MLA for the area, UUP leader Doug Beattie said: "This was a totally reckless act that could have endangered the life of the lady that lives in the property, and the lives of her neighbours, not to mention anyone else who happened to be in the area at that time.”

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"Quite often those injured in incidents like this are bystanders, caught in the crossfire or hit by ricocheting bullets.

"It is reckless and deplorable and there is no place for this type of activity in the community.”

DUP assembly member Jonathan Buckley branded the incident as a "disgraceful attack on the home of an elderly woman".

"Shooting indiscriminately through at a window is a reckless and murderous action," he said.

"The lady in question had only just left the living-room at the time of the attack and my thoughts are with her at this time.

"There can be no place for such actions in our society and those responsible must be held accountable.”

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