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Men allegedly robbed at gunpoint during Derry home invasion

DERRY — Three men allegedly broke into an apartment on South Avenue early Tuesday and robbed two residents at gunpoint of cigarettes and a laptop, police said.

The suspects allegedly fired at least two shots during the robbery. No injuries were reported, police said.

According to police, at 1:09 a.m. they responded to 48 South Ave., Apt. 2 for a report of a disturbance with possible gunshots.

Derry police Capt. Vern Thomas said officers met with residents of the building who said there were gunshots and that three men had fled the area.

The two male residents of Apt. 2 said that three men broke into the apartment and robbed them of cigarettes and a laptop computer.

One resident said two of the suspects entered his bedroom and fired at least one shot into the bed next him. The three suspects fled the apartment after taking the property, Thomas said.

A resident of 48 South Ave., who lives in an apartment above the victims’ unit, said that when he came downstairs to find out what the commotion was, he saw the three suspects running from the building. He called out and one of the men turned and fired a handgun toward him while running away, Thomas said.

The suspects are described as black or Hispanic males wearing hoods or masks. They may have fled the area in a dark SUV, Thomas said.

No one was injured. The investigation so far suggests that the suspects targeted the apartment and victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 432-6111.

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