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Edinburgh shooting: two cars linked to Mohammed Omar Abdi death

Blue VW Sharan
Image caption Police said the blue Volkswagen Sharan may have been in the Restalrig Road South on Saturday night

Detectives investigating a fatal shooting in Edinburgh are appealing for information about two cars they believe may be linked to the murder.

Mohammed Omar Abdi, 25, died of gunshot wounds following an armed car chase in the Willowbrae area, in what is thought to be a gang-related incident.

Police are looking for at least six men suspected of involvement in the attack.

A blue VW Sharan, and a silver or grey hatchback, are thought to have been involved in a related incident.

Police are seeking information from the public about possible sightings of the vehicles in the hours leading up to the murder.

They are particularly keen to hear from people who may have seen them in the vicinity close to a convenience store in Restalrig Road South, at about 23:00 on Saturday, 26 May.

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

Busy road

The dark blue VW Sharan, with registration plate FT62TFK, was later found smashed into railings on Abercorn Avenue at about 01:00 on Sunday morning.

Mr Abdi was found lying nearby with gunshot wounds.

He was rushed to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where he died soon after.

Det Supt Gary Flannigan, who is leading the inquiry, said: "We are keen to hear from people who may have seen the dark blue VW Sharan people carrier and the hatchback in that area around 23:00 on Saturday.

"I would like people who live in that street or anyone who may have been passing and noticed the cars to contact us.

"The area can be quite busy on a Saturday night with people passing through or heading home and I want them to think if their route may have taken them along that road or through that area."

A second man was found injured shortly after police were called to the incident involving Mr Abdi.

Detectives described their response to the shooting as a "cross-border investigation".

Earlier disturbance

One man has appeared in court in connection with the shooting.

He made no plea or declaration in a private hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court and was remanded in custody.

Detectives said they believed separate groups of black men were involved in related incidents in the hours prior to the murder.

Police said they were continuing high visibility patrols in the Willowbrae area to provide reassurance residents - but stressed that there was no evidence of threat to the local community.

They are continuing to appeal for information about a possible disturbance in Captain's Drive, in the Gracemount area of the city, between 22:30 and midnight on Saturday.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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