Knife-weilding man shot dead in Glasgow after injuring 6 persons: Police
A knife-wielding man was shot dead by the police in Glasgow on Friday after he slashed and injured six people, including a police officer, in a hotel in the city centre in an incident described by Scotland authorities as a ‘major incident’.
Earlier reports said three people had been stabbed to death, but the police later in the day said the attacker in the hotel where asylum seekers had been lodged in the coronavirus pandemic had been shot dead. No one else was killed and the incident was not terror related.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “deeply saddened by the terrible incident in Glasgow”, while home secretary Priti Patel said reports from Glasgow were “deeply disturbing”, and Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the incident was “truly dreadful”.
The police said: “A man was shot by armed police and has died. Six other men are in hospital for treatment, including a 42-year-old police officer, who is in a critical but stable condition. The officer’s family is aware”.
“The other men in hospital are aged 17, 18, 20, 38 and 53. Liaison officers have been appointed. Our thoughts are with the families of those who were injured, including our officer. The incident is not being treated as terrorism related and our investigation is continuing into the circumstances”, the statement added.
The police added that there is no wider risk to the public. Witnesses said they saw a man of African heritage lying on the ground as the police moved in.
Sturgeon said: “First and foremost my thoughts are with all those people who have been caught up in this terrible incident, particularly the six injured people taken to hospital for treatment, as well as residents and staff at the hotel”.
“While such a serious incident is rare in Scotland it is another reminder of the courage and professionalism of our police officers who are willing to run towards danger in order to protect the lives of others”.
“Clearly there is already much speculation around this incident, which remains under investigation. I would urge everyone to avoid such speculation, to not share potentially harmful or upsetting material on social media and to follow police advice while investigations are underway”, she added.