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Shotgun blast could have killed grandkids

By David Whelan

gunmen who blasted a shotgun at the window of a home containing two young children in Ardoyne last night had no regard for life, the victim has said.
Gerard Lagan was in his living room with his back to the window when the attack took place in Butler’s Walk at around 9.30pm.
Mr Lagan’s head was just inches from where the bullet struck. Fortunately for him reinforced glass, causing the pane to smash but not shatter.
Mr Lagan’s two daughters and two grandchildren, aged nine and four were also in the house at the time of the attack.
“I was watching the television and the girls were asleep in bed when I heard a very loud bang,” said Mr Lagan.
“Usually there would be one or two people in the street but last night was very quiet and I didn’t see anything but one of the kids said that she saw a flash.
“I actually didn’t notice the damage done to the window until I went out to the car.
“Someone could have been seriously hurt, it was dark and whoever fired the shot had no way of knowing where the kids were and who was in the house.”
Mr Lagan said that police and forensics called to his house last night but were not able to give him any information.
He said that originally he did not believe a shotgun was used in the attack but early this morning (Thursday 13) discovered shrapnel on his windowsill.
Detective Sergeant Andrew Madden said: “I would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information to contact Detectives at Tennent Street on the non-emergency number 101. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them

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