Glasgow & West Scotland

Attempted murder probe after two men shot in Hamilton

Police officer at scene of shooting

Two men are in a serious condition in hospital after being shot in Hamilton.

The men, aged 26 and 27, were targeted on a footpath in the South Lanarkshire town, between Millgate Road and Westwood Crescent, at 14:30 on Monday.

The 26-year-old suffered injuries to his head, face and chest. The other suffered face and head injuries. Their conditions are serious but stable.

Police are treating the shooting as attempted murder and have asked anyone with information to get in touch.

'Targeted attack'

Det Insp Grant Durie, from the major investigation team said: "I would like to make it clear from the outset that we believe this was a targeted attack and that those injured were the intended victims.

"We are in the process of piecing together the circumstances of what has happened and are still reviewing CCTV footage and carrying out door-to-door inquiries to gather additional information.

"If you were in the area around the time of incident or you have any information or knowledge about the suspects or the incident then please do contact police."

Image copyright Google
Image caption Google street view of the footpath

Police said that the 26-year-old man was being treated at Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride, while the other was at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow.

There is currently no description of the attackers.

Det Insp Durie added: "Understandably, this incident will be of concern for local people and I would like to reassure them that additional officers will be in the area to provide reassurance.

"However, be assured, we are doing everything we can to locate those responsible and if you have any information then please do pass it on.

"A team of officers is dedicated to this investigation and we will use all available resources to trace those responsible for this attack."

If anyone has any information, please call officers at East Kilbride Police Office on 101. Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be passed on anonymously.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites