Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

'Six suspects' after man dies following firearms incident

Willowbrae Road
Image caption A large section of Willowbrae Road was closed off by police

Detectives in Edinburgh are investigating the murder of a man in what police have confirmed was a firearms incident.

They are looking for at least six men in connection with the attack.

The 25-year-old victim was found in the Willowbrae area following reports of a car crash shortly after 01:00.

He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he later died. A second man was found injured in the same area.

His injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

Police confirmed that firearms had been involved in the incident, but refused to say whether either man had been shot.

Detectives appealed for information from the public - particularly taxi drivers - who may have seen up to three vehicles being driven erratically at about 01:00 in the Willowbrae area.

Police helicopter

Local residents reported a police helicopter circling overhead in the early hours of the morning.

Large sections of Willowbrae and neighbouring Duddingston were cordoned off by police as investigations continued.

The murder inquiry is being led by Det Supt Gary Flannigan, of the Major Investigation Team of the Specialist Crime Division of Police Scotland.

He told reporters: "The first officers on the scene responded to reports of a road traffic accident in Abercorn Crescent. When they arrived they found a man outside the vehicle suffering from serious injuries. He was rushed to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where he died soon after arrival.

"A blue VW Sharan people carrier had crashed into railings on Abercorn Crescent and is extensively damaged.

"Around an hour later, in nearby Paisley Crescent, another man was found bleeding heavily from injuries. He was taken to hospital where he is receiving treatment for injuries which are not life threatening."

'Lying low'

Mr Flannigan said he believed some people in the area may have seen those involved. He is particularly keen to trace the movements of a silver or grey hatchback car.

He added: "We have every reason to believe there was a series of related incidents involving two groups of black men who do not appear to be local to this area of Edinburgh and some of those involved may be seeking refuge and lying low. I would urge anyone who has information about any such individual or anyone who has unexplained injuries to let us know."

A number of streets in the area remained closed on Sunday afternoon.

Ch Insp Mark Patterson of the Edinburgh Division of Police Scotland said: "I would like to reassure the public that incidents of this nature are extremely rare in Edinburgh.

"Additional policing resources are being made available and there will be extra patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the local community."

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