Man and child escape gun attack

The scene in the Westland area of north Belfast
The scene in the Westland area of north Belfast

A man and a child have escaped injury after shots, reportedly from a shotgun, were fired at a house in the Westland Way area of Belfast on Monday night.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Gary Reid said: “At approximately 11.50pm the male occupant of a house heard two shots. On going to the front door of his house he noticed two strike marks.

“No one was injured during this incident.”

There were two people in the house at the time of the incident – the male householder and a child.

North Belfast DUP councillor, Alderman Lydia Patterson, said the PSNI told her that the front door was peppered with two shotgun blasts.

“The PSNI are treating it as an act of intimidation but do not believe there was a sectarian motive,” she said.

She appealed for “no escalation” and urged anyone who can assist the police investigation into this criminal attack “to bring that information forward”.

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly condemned those involved in the shooting.

“It’s no thanks to the attackers that no one was seriously injured in this cowardly attack,” he said.

“There can be no place in our society for armed gangs and this type of activity should be brought to a halt.”

He appealed for anyone with information to contact the PSNI and appealed to “political and community leaders” to work with police to prevent any further attacks.