One man has died and three other people have been injured in a series of gun incidents in the Scottish Highlands.
A 47-year-old man was found dead Wednesday morning in a home in the Teangue area of the Isle of Skye after officers were dispatched to the scene amid reports that a gun had been fired.
Half an hour earlier, at 9 a.m., emergency services responded to reports that a 32-year-old woman had been found critically injured in Tarskavaig, Skye. She was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow for treatment.
Police then went to a home in the Dornie area of Wester Ross after more shots were heard. A man was found with serious injuries and was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. A second woman, whose condition is unknown, was taken to Broadford Hospital.
A 39-year-old man has since been arrested in connection with the three incidents, which police say are related but not terrorism-related. The suspect was also taken to Raigmore Hospital.
Dozens of emergency vehicles were deployed in the wave of incidents.
The Scottish Highlands are popular with tourists and are known for their spectacular scenery and medieval castles. Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said it was “one of the worst days I can remember in Skye and Lochalsh history”.
Ch Supt Conrad Trickett, the local police commander of the Highlands and Islands Division, said there will be a significant police presence in the area in the coming days, adding: “We will work with partners to provide support to the local community. community. I want to reassure people that we are treating these incidents as contained without a greater threat to the public.”
A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service confirmed that four people have been taken to hospital following the spate of incidents.
Ms Forbes, who has just given birth to a baby girl, added: “I can’t imagine what the family and friends of those who have lost a loved one are going through, and they should be in our thoughts and prayers right now. .
“The communities in the West Highlands are close-knit, we’re warm and welcoming, and this will break us to the bone. It feels like our hearts have been torn apart.
“I, and I’m sure many others, never thought we’d have such a horrible day.”
Ian Blackford, SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, said the news was very worrying and his thoughts were with everyone involved.
In a tweet, he said: “As more details come to light, the response from the emergency services appears to have prevented this incident from spreading even further than it did. Thank you for the work you are doing.”