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Sunday, 3 September, 2000, 17:39 GMT 18:39 UK
Police probe into gun attack
A shotgun was fired through the living room window
A shotgun was fired through the living room window
The police are investigating a gun attack in Carrickfergus in County Antrim.

A masked man armed with a shotgun forced his way into a house at Thorndale Square in the town at about 0430 BST on Sunday.

The gunman confronted a woman in an upstairs bedroom while a man who was in the house escaped through the back door.

He fired a shot through the living room window as he left.

No-one was injured in the shooting.

Carolyn Howarth:
Carolyn Howarth: "Shooting was not connected with the loyalist feud"
The army was sent into the town earlier in the week after trouble linked to a feud between rival loyalist paramilitary groups.

The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the UDA/Ulster Freedom Fighters have been involved in a violent feud in Northern Ireland which has escalated over the past two weeks.

Carolyn Howarth of the Progressive Unionist Party, which has links to the UVF, said she did not believe the incident was linked to the loyalist feud.

Speaking on Sunday, she said: "My understanding is that the shooting was not connected with the loyalist feud.

"There have been talks in the area in which the two organisations have reached an agreement not to cause any more trouble in the town.

"That remains the position of the UVF."

Williiam Cameron
William Cameron: "Two sides still have enough respect to get this sorted out"
The UVF and the UFF in the area apparently reached an agreement after 30 houses were attacked on Tuesday in trouble linked to the loyalist feud.

On Sunday, the atmosphere in the town was said to be tense.

As well as the shooting, a bar was attacked and William Cameron of the Ulster Democratic Party, which has links to the UDA, claimed supporters of the UVF were responsible.

Mr Cameron said: "The relationship was working well in the town, it was left to drunken people who carried out these attacks and tried to escalate the violence.

"But hopefully it hasn't got to that, the two sides still have enough respect to get this sorted out."

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