Northern Ireland

12-year-old escapes west Belfast shooting incident

Window gunshot
Image caption The livingroom window of the house was damaged

A 12-year-old boy and his grandparents have escaped serious injury after a shooting at a house in west Belfast.

A number of shots were fired at the front of the house in Gransha Park at about 0030 GMT on Friday.

One shot was fired through the living room window, the others hit the front door.

A neighbour, who didn't want to be named, said there was glass everywhere and the boy was "squealing at the top of his voice".

The boy's grandmother told the BBC that her grandson had heard the shots and had run down the stairs and cut his hand on some of the glass.

SDLP West Belfast councillor Tim Attwood said it was fortunate the family had been upstairs at the time of the attack.

"Thankfully, the family were upstairs at the time. If anyone had been sitting in the living room or had been behind the door they could have been seriously injured or killed," he said.

Police are still investigating the circumstances of the attack.