Wednesday 7 December 2016

Driver (26) dies after being shot while waiting at red light in late night attack

Hilary Duncanson

Published 16/11/2016 | 11:42

Police forensic officers at the scene where a man died after being shot as he sat in a car in Glasgow. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police forensic officers at the scene where a man died after being shot as he sat in a car in Glasgow. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

A man has been murdered in a "shocking" late-night shooting in front of members of the public as he sat in his car at a red light.

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Ewan Johnston, 26, was rushed to hospital but later died after the shooting at the junction in Shields Road, Glasgow, just before midnight on Tuesday.

Police Scotland said the targeted attack took place in front of some members of the public when Mr Johnston stopped at a pedestrian crossing in his black Audi RS4 estate.

He was shot by someone travelling in a dark Audi Q5 that had pulled up beside him before speeding off. No-one else was injured.

Detectives launched a murder inquiry and forensic teams have been scouring the scene of the attack on Wednesday.

The attack took place at about 11.45pm on Tuesday and Mr Johnston was treated at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital before he passed away at 2.50am on Wednesday.

Detective Superintendent Jim Kerr said: "The man had just stopped at a pedestrian crossing on Shields Road, just south of its junction with Scotland Street, when he was approached by the Audi Q5.

"Someone from that vehicle shot him and then the car sped off in a northerly direction on Shields Road and turned east into Scotland Street towards the Kingston Bridge.

"This was obviously a targeted attack. Although it was quite late at night, this can be a busy area and there could have been a number of people walking by or in vehicles.

"Thankfully, no-one else was injured but the incident was witnessed by members of the public. This is a shocking incident and something that no-one should have to witness."

Police have no descriptions of anyone in the Audi Q5 but are checking CCTV from the area.

Mr Kerr added: "Additional officers are on patrol in the area and I would urge anyone with information or any concerns at all to speak to them there.

"A major inquiry has been set up by Greater Glasgow division and the major investigations team and other specialist resources from across the country. "

The street has been closed to all traffic following the incident while passengers for the subway were not allowed access to the Shields Road station.

Operators SPT advised passengers to use the West Street, Kinning Park or Bridge Street stations instead and the multi-storey car park near the station was also shut.

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