Glasgow stabbed: one suspect shot dead and six hospitalized

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Scotland’s deputy chief of police, Steve Johnson, said: “The person who was shot dead by armed police died. Six other people are hospitalized to treat their wounds, including a police officer, who is in critical but stable condition. ”

Johnson said police are continuing to deal with the incident on West George Street in Glasgow and have asked people to avoid the area. He also asked the public to avoid sharing unconfirmed reports.

The Deputy Police Chief said earlier that he “would like to reassure the public that this is a contained incident and that the general public is not in danger,” adding that they were not looking for anyone. other about it.

Dozens of police and ambulance vehicles attended the scene, armed police were seen entering a building next to the Park Inn by Radisson hotel.

“I heard sirens and headed down,” witness Jamie O’Neill, a cellphone store owner who works nearby, told CNN.He said ambulances and police, including armed response workers, were arriving at the scene. In the distance, he said, he could see people being carried on stretchers.

The Scottish Refugee Council has expressed serious concern over the situation at the Park Inn.

Refugee and migrant support group Positive Action in Housing said the hotel was used by housing entrepreneur Mears to house asylum seekers on behalf of the British government.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the Scottish Refugee Council said, “Like everyone else, we are gravely concerned about the situation at the Park Inn. We are trying to get as much information as we can from Police Scotland and our thoughts are with everyone. affected. ”

Mears previously commented on its use of hotels to house asylum seekers during the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesperson told CNN on Friday, “We are sending all requests to the interior ministry because it is a police operation in progress.”

A spokesman for the Home Office said: “We are aware of an incident on West George Street in Glasgow which is currently under investigation by the police. “

Earlier, Greater Glasgow police tweeted: “Emergency services are currently facing an incident on West George Street in Glasgow. The street is currently closed and the public is urged to avoid the area at this time. The situation is confined at this time and there is no danger for General Public. “
The Scottish Police Federation, which represents staff officers, tweeted: “We are aware of reports that a police officer was stabbed in an incident in downtown #Glasgow. Our officials are on hand to provide all the necessary support. “

The police federation said that “the police’s family has been notified and is receiving support from the service.”

President David Hamilton said the federation is focused on “helping the family of our seriously injured colleague.”

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the reports were “really horrible” and asked the public via Twitter to avoid the area where the incident took place while the police are dealing with it and not to share unconfirmed information.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that he was “deeply saddened” by the incident.

“Deeply saddened by the terrible incident in Glasgow, I think of all the victims and their families. Thank you to our brave emergency responders, “tweeted Johnson.

British Opposition Leader Keir Starmer tweeted: “The reports of an incident in the West George Street area of ​​Glasgow are extremely worrying. My thoughts are with everyone involved. “

Police cars and ambulances invaded the busy downtown street as the public was asked to avoid the neighborhood.

US Ambassador to the United Kingdom Woody Johnson expressed sympathy for those affected by the incident.

He wrote on Twitter, “My thoughts are with all those affected in Glasgow and the brave emergency services who come forward to protect us. ”

Interior Minister Priti Patel said the news following the Glasgow incident was “deeply alarming” and asked the public to avoid the area.

She tweeted, “Deeply alarming reports from Glasgow. Please follow the advice of the police and avoid the area. “

CNN Schams Elwazer, Paul Murphy, Nada Bashir, Dan Wright and Niamh Kennedy contributed to the report.



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