Attempted murder investigation in Co Down after shotgun pellets fired into house

Woman struck on head and back with shotgun pellets fired through window of house

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The suspect was driving a white van.

The PSNI has launched an attempted murder investigation after shotgun pellets were fired into a house in Ballygowan, Co Down on Saturday night.

Det Chief Insp Kerry Brennan said: “Police received a report that at around 11pm, a woman was struck on her head and back with a number of shotgun pellets, which were fired through the window of a house in the Brae Grove area.

“The woman, aged in her 60s, was taken to hospital for treatment to her injuries, where she remains. A man who was in the house at the time, was uninjured during the incident. We believe the male suspect made off in a white Transit style van.

“We are lucky that we are not investigating a murder this morning, there is no place in society for criminals who risk the safety of our community by bring firearms on to our streets.”


Det Chief Insp Brennan continued: “We are appealing to anyone who has any information, dashcam or CCTV footage relating to this incident to call Police on 101 quoting reference 1815 22/06/24.

“We would also appeal to anyone who noticed a white van acting suspiciously in the area over the last week to get in touch.”

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