Sunday 22 October 2017

Man shot after dropping his child at primary school by gunman 'pushing an empty buggy'

A police cordon near St George's Primary School, Penilee, Glasgow, following a shooting near the school (Photo: PA)
A police cordon near St George's Primary School, Penilee, Glasgow, following a shooting near the school (Photo: PA)

Graeme Murray

Detectives have appealed to parents and local residents for information after the attempted murder of 35-year-old man near a primary school by a hitman pushing an empty buggy.

Ross Monaghan, 35, was shot in the back moments after dropping his child off at St George's Primary in the Penilee area of Glasgow at around 9.05am on Monday.

He was approached by a man pushing an empty buggy who pulled out a gun and shot him before fleeing along Hollybush Road.

Mr Monaghan was cleared of killing gangland figure Kevin ''Gerbil'' Carroll in 2012 after a judge ruled there was no case to answer due to insufficient evidence.

Police Scotland said Mr Monaghan had been treated at the city's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for a shoulder injury but was later discharged.

Specialist search officers remain at the scene.

Officers are continuing door-to-door inquiries and reviewing CCTV footage from in and around the area for additional information about the incident.

They are also trying to locate the collapsible buggy used by the attacker. It has four wheels with a rain hood attached.

Detective Chief Inspector John Kennedy said: "There's no doubt that this incident has shocked local people and the wider community, but people can be assured that every effort is being made to trace whoever is responsible for this crime.

"Our inquiries so far have shown that the suspect is believed to have been in the area, outside the school, on Friday January 13 2017 with the buggy, so I'm appealing to parents, local residents, or anyone who was in the area that day and who may have seen something to contact us.

"It's possible the suspect made off in a vehicle and I'm asking people in the surrounding areas to think back and consider if they noticed anything unusual or suspicious.

"Did you see the man with the buggy, did you see him get into a vehicle? Any small detail could prove significant to our inquiries, so please do pass it on."

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