Northern Ireland

Craigavon shooting leaves man 'traumatised', say police

The scene of the shooting Image copyright Press Eye
Image caption There was a "real chance" that someone could have been killed, said police

A gun attack on a house in County Armagh in which a man escaped injury was a "cowardly" act, police have said.

The shooting happened at about 01:10 BST on Thursday in the Enniskeen area of Craigavon.

A number of bullets were fired through the front door and the man in his 40s who was inside was left badly shaken.

Image caption A forensic examination was carried out at the scene of the shooting

Police said that a Vauxhall Insignia car that was found burned out in Lurgan a short time later may have been used by those who carried out the attack.

Ch Insp Jon Burrows said the man had been left "traumatised" by the shooting.

"A man in his home has been attacked in this very cowardly way and we are very fortunate that there are no injuries or fatalities," he added.

"When you fire a number of shots inside a family home there is a real chance that someone is going to get injured or killed.

Image caption Police are appealing for information after a car was found burnt shortly after the attack

"We are thankful that that didn't happen."

Police are remaining "open-minded" about a motive for the attack, added Ch Insp Burrows.

"We have no clear line of inquiry that this is linked to paramilitaries.

"It's really important that we get community help in trying to solve this crime and protect the community from whoever the gunmen or women were."