Woman, 61, fighting for her life after being gunned down in house

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A 61-year-old woman is in a critical condition after being shot in her house.

The victim was rushed to hospital in the town of Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, after the incident just before midnight on October 5.

Bullets were fired at the property on Bushmills Road when she was struck.

The woman is now fighting for her life.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement: "Detectives in Coleraine are working to establish a motive for this 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.

Information can also be provided online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.”

East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell said there will be "widespread revulsion and condemnation" in the community.

The DUP MP told BBC Radio Foyle it is "too early to speculate" but that he will be working with the police to help "discover the circumstances" around the shooting.

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He continued: “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.”

Sinn Fein Member of the Legislative Assembly Caoimhe Archibald added: "No one wants to see reckless and very dangerous incidents like this in Coleraine.

"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.”

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