Sunday, 25 Oct 2020

Suspect 'shot dead' by police after multiple stabbing at Glasgow hotel

A man has been shot by an armed officer after a multiple stabbing in Glasgow.

Glasgow city centre has been locked down following reports of a knife attack in the stairwell of a hotel, leaving three people dead.

It is not clear whether the three dead include the suspect. Sky News reported that he was shot dead.

A male police officer is among those who have been injured and has been taken to hospital with knife wounds, police said.

Around 20 police vehicles have been sent to the Park Inn, West George Street along with sniffer dogs, armed officers, and paramedics wearing protective clothing. Authorities have confirmed an officer is being treated in hospital for injuries and that a male suspect had been shot shortly after 2pm.

The hotel has been closed for business due to the coronavirus pandemic but it has been used to house asylum seekers during lockdown. Human rights activist Mohammad N Asif tweeted that he had spoken to someone staying there and said ‘many people had been stabbed by knives’.

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital is ‘braced for a major incident’, reports Glasgow Live.

Greater Glasgow Police said the ‘situation is contained’ there is ‘no danger to the general public’. Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson added: ‘I would like to reassure the public that at this time we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.’

Witness Craig Milroy, who saw the aftermath of the incident from an office building nearby, said he had seen four people taken away in ambulances. He added: ‘I saw a man lying on the ground, of African descent, with no shoes on. He was on the ground with someone holding his side – I don’t know if it was a bullet wound, a stab wound, or what it was.’

Mr Milroy said the man was one of the four taken away by medics and believed him to be a victim of an attack.

He added: ‘After that we saw commotion, ambulances further up and we saw armed police all running into the hotel next to the Society Room. ‘We were still standing outside, after that the police all came down, the riot police and triage team told us to go back in and lock the door.’

Nicola Sturgeon has commented on the ‘truly dreadful’ reports and says her ‘thoughts are with everyone involved’

The First Minister has also asked the public to ‘help the emergency services do their jobs by staying away from the area’, and asked people not to share unconfirmed information.

More to follow

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