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Last Updated: Monday, 25 October, 2004, 19:10 GMT 20:10 UK
Gun attack family escapes injury
The window broken by the gunshots
Broken glass was strewn around the living room
A man has been arrested after a gun attack on a house in County Down.

Two shotgun blasts were fired at the property in Kilkeel, smashing through the living room window, at about 0230 BST on Monday, police said.

A husband and wife and their one-month-old baby were all in another part of the house in Stream Park, off the Greencastle Road, when the attack took place.

The baby was being fed in the living room just minutes earlier.

The walls were sprayed with pellet marks, and broken glass was spread across the room.

A number of guns were seized by police in a follow-up operation, and a man was arrested.

Army experts have been examining the weapons and police are continuing to investigate the attack.


Police, who said the attack is not believed to be sectarian or racially motivated, have appealed for witnesses.

Mistaken identity is one line of inquiry being followed by detectives.

SDLP councillor Michael Cole said the whole community was shocked by the attack.

"The whole living room was absolutely destroyed by gunfire," he said.

The baby's clothes on the radiators were covered with glass - it was a terrifying sight."

BBC NI's Chris Buckler reports
"The baby was being fed in the living room just minutes earlier"

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