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Children witness masked men shoot at bedroom window in Derry

The attack happened in the Waterside area of the city on Sunday night. Credit: UTV

Five children have been left traumatised after witnessing masked men shoot at their bedroom window in Londonderry.

The house in the Shearwater Way area is home to a woman and her five children, aged between three and 11, who were in at the time of the attack on Sunday night.

Three masked men are understood to have shown up at the house at around 10pm before firing the shot through the upstairs window.

Three masked men approached the house at fired a shot through the bedroom window. Credit: UTV

No one was injured, but several of the children witnessed the shooting and have been left traumatised by what they saw.

DUP councillor Hilary McClintock said the ordeal was terrifying for the family.

“It has to be utterly, utterly condemned,” she commented.

“[The mother] saw one gunman, her children actually saw three and then the shot came in the bedroom window where some of her children actually were.

“After that she tells me the door was battered, she barricaded her children in while she phoned the police and tried to keep her children safe.

“They really are in a state of shock, they don’t understand why this has happened. The mother says she can think of no reason whatsoever that this might have happened to her and her family.”

Detective Inspector Jack said: “We are working with partner agencies to ensure that these children and the rest of the family in the home at the time, receive what support and assistance they need.

“Our investigation is at an early stage and we are following a number of lines of enquiry into a motive for the attack.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have CCTV footage in Shearwater Way or the surrounding area and anyone who was driving in the area who has dash cam footage available, or anyone with any information that may help the investigation to contact detectives in Strand Road on 101 quoting reference 1940 of 20/10/19.”

Alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.