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Neilston shooting: John Finnigan 'targeted' say police

John Finnigan
Image caption John Finnigan was shot while waking in a Neilston street on Thursday

Police believe a man who was shot and killed in East Renfrewshire may have been deliberately targeted.

John Finnigan was approached by a man and shot while walking in Bank Street, Neilston, at 20:00 on Thursday.

The 48-year-old died a short time later in Glasgow's Southern General Hospital.

The suspect made off on foot from Bank Street into Hillside Road. He is described as being about 5ft 7in tall with a stocky build and was wearing dark clothing and a dark hat.

Police said no-one else was injured in the attack.

Officers are continuing to carry out door-to-door enquiries in an effort to find out more information about the incident.

Image caption Police are carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the area

Det Sup John McSporran said: "It is still very early in our inquiry and we have yet to establish a motive for this crime, however, we believe the man may have been targeted.

"I'm sure there will be people in the community who will have information about this crime but who may have reservations about getting in touch with us.

"I would appeal to them to please contact us as a matter or urgency, it is vital we trace whoever is responsible for this."

Det Sup McSporran said local people should be aware that "this was not a random attack" and stressed they "should not be worried about their safety".

He said extra officers would be patrolling the area to provide reassurance to the public.

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