Northern Ireland

Priest condemns shooting at family home

A shooting at a house in Claudy, County Londonderry was an "unspeakable outrage", a priest has said.

Two shots were fired at the house in Muldonagh Road at about 0540 GMT on Monday.

Rev Arthur O'Reilly said a man, his wife and their two children were in the house at the time. They escaped injury.

But he said that the family had been left "devastated" by what happened. "It is just disgraceful that his home has been attacked," he said.

"This man is a great employer and benefactor to the community.

"They don't know why their home was targeted, there is just no explanation for it.

"This man has many friends and is very popular. He has a contracting business and is a great activist, promoting the football club and the general community.

"We are anxious to find out who did this and why."

SDLP Councillor Brenda Stevenson condemned the attack and appealed for anyone with information to contact the police.

Community activist Cathy Nelis said those behind the shooting must explain the rationale behind it.

"Such attacks are dangerous, futile and will achieve nothing other than to strike fear into the local community," she said.