Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Shots fired at family home in London

Kate Gould:

RESIDENTS are in shock following a shooting at a family home in Welling.

Police are still hunting the gunman who blasted shots at the house in Totnes Road just before midnight on Friday.

The occupants, a 26-year-old man, his girl-friend and their baby, escaped injury in the attack.

Residents say the shooting has left them stunned.

One neighbour, who didn't wish to be named, said: "It's awful. It's so quiet around here you don't think something like this could happen."

The family, who have not been named, were described by neighbours as quiet and kept themselves to themselves.

One man said: "They only moved in recently. I didn't know them. I don't think many people round here knew them to be honest."

A window cleaner added: "The man asked me to do their windows a few times. They seemed a nice couple. I didn't see much of them."

Neighbours say police conducted inquiries on Monday, asking if any one saw or heard anything.

According to one resident, the windows on the house were changed on Monday but no one has seen the family since the incident.

Fragments of glass on the patio and bullet holes in the porch are the only visible sign of the attack.

Police were called to the house, which is in a cul-de-sac end of the road, at around 11.55pm following reports of several shots being fired into the front door and porch.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s-30s with cropped hair and a thin beard.

Witnesses reported seeing two men running towards Bideford Road around the time of the shooting.

Police are appealing for information and witnesses. Call Operation Trafalgar on 020 8217 7381 or Crimestoppers on 0800 55 111.

Appeal after shooting at house

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