Residents escape injury after shots fired at two houses in Rasharkin

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Detectives are investigating after shots were fired at two houses in Rasharkin. 

A lone gunman approached a property in the Moneyleck Park area at around 9.50pm last night and shot twice at the front of a house and hit a window. 

Seconds later, the suspect fired a further two shots at a neighbouring property, where a man in his 20s was in the living room. 

The residents in both properties, who are all aged in their 20s, escaped uninjured. 

Police are trying to establish a motive for the attack. 

Detective Inspector Peter McKenna said, "It is by sheer luck this man, and the occupants of the other property, also aged in their twenties, escaped injury. For that we are fortunate. 

"Our enquiries continue today, and our detectives are working to establish a motive for these attacks and identify the gunman. 

"This was a reckless attack carried out under the cover of darkness by an individual who showed absolutely no regard for the safety of the victims, or other members of the public. 

"There is no place for this in our society. Everyone has a right to live in a safe and stable community, and this type of senseless and reckless criminality will not be tolerated.

“I am appealing to the public to help us establish what happened last night and bring the perpetrator to justice. 

“If you were in the Moneyleck Park area last night, just before 9:50pm or after that time, think back if there was anything you saw that was out of the ordinary. 

“Did you see any individuals acting suspiciously at this time, or earlier in the day? 

"If you have any information which you believe will help our investigation, please call our detectives  on 101, and quote reference number 1582 of 19/03/20. 

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

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