Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Edinburgh shooting: More than 100 calls to police

Mohammed Omar Abdi
Image caption Mohammed Omar Abdi died last Sunday after an armed car chase

Police investigating the murder of man in a shooting in Edinburgh have had more than 100 calls from the public.

Mohammed Omar Abdi, 25, died of gunshot wounds after an armed car chase in the Willowbrae area last Sunday.

Two men have appeared in court in connection with the incident, charged with breach of the peace.

A week on, officers have praised the "overwhelming support" they have had in their ongoing efforts to trace those involved.

Mr Abdi was found lying close to a crashed blue people carrier just after 01:00 last Sunday.

A second man was found injured shortly after police arrived at the scene.

Detectives described their response to the shooting, which is thought to be a gang-related incident, as a "cross-border investigation".

They said they have had more than 130 calls from members of the public across Scotland, with the information provided now being taken forward by officers.

Community engagement

Det Supt Gary Flannigan said: "On each occasion that we've appealed to the public for assistance with a new line of investigation, they have responded and furnished us with numerous pieces of information that we are currently going over.

"The information we have received has come from various communities, not just within capital, and demonstrates the national interest in helping solve this crime.

Image caption Police remain keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the blue Volkswagen Sharan

"We are extremely grateful for all of the assistance the public have given in the past week and would urge anyone else with information relating to this investigation, who has yet to contact police, to come forward."

Ch Insp Mark Paterson said community officers were continuing a heightened presence in areas of interest to the investigation.

He added: "The level of calls we have received is vindication of our commitment to community engagement and the public can rest assured that local officers will remain in these areas to offer further assistance wherever it may be required."

Detectives have previously said they were looking for at least six men in connection with Mr Abdi's death.

They have also appealed for information about two cars - a blue VW Sharan, and a silver or grey hatchback - they believe may be linked to the murder.

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