‘Terrifying attack’ in quiet Omagh neighbourhood


AN Omagh man says he can’t understand why shots were fired at his home in broad daylight on Tuesday evening.

Just after 8pm bullets struck the front door and window of the house in the Thornlea area of the town.


A black motorcycle with two riders was seen leaving the area, heading towards Deverney Road.

The man and his wife were inside the property at the time and although they weren’t injured, the man says they have been left “badly shaken” by the incident.

 “I can’t understand why my home was targeted,” he told the UH.

“Four to five rounds were fired through the front door and the living room window.

“It’s not as if this happened at 3am or 4am in darkness.

“They came into this area in broad daylight, showing no fear whatsoever.

“My wife was in the living room when the shots were fired through the window.


“It was a terrifying experience and she is in shock.”

Local residents spoke of their fear after the attack, and said the house has been targeted before.

“There was an incident here a while ago when a family member’s car was set on fire,” the man continued.

“But we don’t know why these attacks are happening – hopefully the police can sort something out.

“The neighbours don’t need this. Many are elderly and there are young children around, I really feel for them.”

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Detective Inspector Trevor Stevenson said, “We received a report just after 8.15pm that shots had been fired at a house in the area, striking the front door and window.

“A man and woman were inside at the time. While they were thankfully uninjured, both have been left badly shaken.

“A black motorcycle with two riders was seen leaving the area, heading towards Deverney Road.

“We are appealing to anyone with any information, or who may have seen this vehicle, to contact us on 101, quoting reference number 1801 of 13/08/19.

“Alternatively, information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100 per-cent anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”


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