Woman, 61, is fighting for life after she was shot when gunman opened fire on her home in Northern Ireland

  • Woman was inside her home when the shots were fired outside and hit her 
  • She was rushed to hospital and her condition was today described as critical 
  • Police are currently investigating the shooting and trying to identify the culprit
  • East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell condemned the shooting 

A 61-year-old woman is fighting for her life after she was shot when a gunman opened fire on her house while she was inside. 

A number of shots were fired at the front of the house on in Coleraine in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, last night, according to police.

The woman was taken to hospital and her condition was today described as critical. 

Police are currently investigating the shooting and trying to identify those responsible. 

A 61-year-old woman has been shot by guns firing at her home while she was inside. A number of shots were fired at the front of the house on in Coleraine in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, last night, according to police. Pictured: Police at the scene

A 61-year-old woman has been shot by guns firing at her home while she was inside. A number of shots were fired at the front of the house on in Coleraine in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, last night, according to police. Pictured: Police at the scene

East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell condemned the shooting.

‘There will be fear and shock among all age groups, but especially amongst those in the older community and there will be anger of course that something like this can happen,’ he told the BBC.

Sinn Fein MLA Caoimhe Archibald added: ‘No one wants to see reckless and very dangerous incidents like this in Coleraine.

The woman was taken to hospital and her condition was today described as critical. Pictured: A forensic officer at the scene

The woman was taken to hospital and her condition was today described as critical. Pictured: A forensic officer at the scene

‘Those responsible have nothing to offer society and need to be taken off the streets and anyone with information on what happened should bring it forward to the PSNI.’ 

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said detectives are working to establish a motive for the attack and to identify those responsible.

‘Anyone who was in the area last night and who noticed anything that could assist the investigation, or anyone with any other information is asked to contact CID in Coleraine by calling 101, quoting reference 2174 05/10/20,’ a PSNI spokesman said.

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