After shootings on Skye and in Wester Ross, one person was killed and three others were injured
After a series of incidents, some involving a firearm, on Skye and in Wester Ross in west Scotland, a man died and three others were injured.
After receiving reports on Wednesday morning that a woman, 32, had been seriously injured at a property in the Tarskavaig area of southern Skye, Police Scotland said they had arrested a 39-year-old man who was one of the casualties.
She was airlifted to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital by air ambulance. Police received reports of another incident nearby, in the Teangue area, where a firearm was discharged about 30 minutes later. When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, they discovered a 47-year-old man dead at the scene.
After hearing another gunshot, police rushed to another property near Dornie on the mainland. According to the police, a male casualty was then airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for treatment of serious injuries. Another woman was taken to Skye’s Broadford Community Hospital.
The 39-year-old man was arrested in connection with all of the incidents, which are being investigated as connected. He was also flown by air ambulance to Raigmore Hospital. The major investigation team is leading the investigation into the incidents, according to police.
The local commander, Ch Supt Conrad Trickett, stated,
“Incidents such as this are thankfully extremely rare, but I understand that this will have a significant impact on the local community in these rural areas.”
“I’d like to reassure people that we are treating these incidents as isolated incidents with no wider public risk.”
“In the coming days, there will be a significant police presence in the area, and we will be working with partners to provide support to the local community.”
I’d like to thank everyone for their help as our investigation continues.”
“This is dreadful and shocking news – especially for a place like Skye and Lochalsh,” said Ian Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye, and Lochaber and Westminster leader of the Scottish National party.
I’ve been kept up to date on the developments, and I understand a firearm and knives were involved.
“Firearm regulations are in place for a reason, and this incident must be reviewed to see if any lessons can be drawn from it.”
“I’d like to thank the emergency services, including the police and the Scottish Ambulance Service, as well as the local government.” “I believe the situation is under control.”
The Scottish ambulance service said it had dispatched multiple ambulances, several air ambulances, a special operations response team, and an emergency medical retrieval service (EMRS) team to the three sites, according to initial reports.
A dozen police vehicles, including an armed response team, as well as a Police Scotland helicopter, were also on the scene.
Dornie is best known as the location of Eilean Donan, the picturesque castle that sits on an island at the confluence of three sea lochs, close to shore on the main road to the Skye Bridge and the port town of Kyle of Lochalsh.
Skye councillor John Finlayson called the news “devastating” for the community.
“I know how close-knit and generous the communities in Skye and Lochalsh are, and we will come together to support each other during this difficult time,” he said.
“I’d like to thank the emergency services for everything they’ve done and continue to do, and our thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected by today’s events, which have hit everyone in our communities so hard.”
Drew Millar, another local councillor, stated that the firearm incidents “shocked not only Skye and Lochalsh, but the entire Highlands.”
He stated that Highland Council had sent trained personnel to assist the affected families.
“We will be providing support to the communities and our partners in every way possible,” said convener Bill Lobban on behalf of the council. He thanked the emergency services for preventing the attack from spreading any further.