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Neilston shooting: New appeal over John Finnigan murder

John Finnigan
Image caption John Finnigan was shot while waking in Neilston's Bank Street last week

Police investigating the murder of a man who was shot in an East Renfrewshire street have made a fresh appeal for help in finding his killer.

John Finnigan was approached by a man and shot while walking in Bank Street, Neilston, at 20:00 on 27 October.

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

Strathclyde Police said the attack was "not random" and detectives needed the help of local people in catching the person responsible.

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

The officer leading the inquiry, Det Sup John McSporran, said: "Our murder investigation is progressing well and we are encouraged by the results of various lines of inquiry.

"A number of people have been interviewed over the last five days and officers dedicated to this investigation remain focused on tracing the person responsible for this horrific crime.

"I would however advise local residents that police need their help and would urge anyone who is perhaps reluctant to come forward that they can do so in confidence."

Det Sup McSporran said the suspect may have gotten into a car or other vehicle, after running off along Hillside Road.

He added: "I would appeal to anyone living in Hillside Road, Braehead Avenue or Holehouse Brae in Neilston, who saw a man running past their house at 8pm or who saw an unknown vehicle parked outside their home to contact the police.

"Extra patrols remain in the area and members of the public are encouraged to speak to a police officer if they have any concerns."

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