Murder probe after man shot dead in Blantyre garden

Graham WilliamsonImage source, Police Scotland
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Graham Williamson was shot by a man who ran up behind him

A murder inquiry has been launched after a 26-year-old man was shot dead in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire.

Graham Williamson, of Caithness Street, was in his back garden at about 17:00 on Monday when he was shot by a man who had run up behind him.

Police, who believe Mr Williamson was targeted, said he managed to get onto the street to friends.

He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Wishaw but died there a short time later.

Det Supt Kevin Jamieson said: "Mr Williamson had been on Caithness Street having his car uplifted as it had been deliberately set alight last Thursday (13 August). He left for a short time heading back towards the rear gardens of his home nearby when he was shot by a man who ran up behind him.

"He managed to get back to friends who tried to help him until the ambulance arrived. Unfortunately, he died at the hospital not long afterwards."

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Mr Williamson's car had been burned-out last Thursday

The suspect, who was wearing dark clothing and either a hood or balaclava covering his face, was seen getting into a dark-coloured car waiting nearby. It then drove off at speed out of Caithness Street.

Det Supt Jamieson added: "We believe that this was a targeted attack and may be linked to the car being set alight, however, whether it was or not doesn't matter; this was a shooting in a residential area with other people about in the early evening.

"It is imperative we catch those responsible for Graham's murder and we would ask locals or indeed anyone with information to get in touch.

"Officers are currently checking CCTV and speaking to witnesses, however, are still keen to hear from anyone who may have any information that will assist their inquiry."

He appealed to anyone who may have dashcam footage of the area or surrounding streets where the car may have gone. High-visibility officers remain in the area.

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