Stephen Mcilkenny, The (Scotland) Herald
Published 12:08 p.m. ET June 26, 2020
Police and emergency services respond at the scene of a fatal stabbing incident at the Park Inn Hotel in central Glasgow on June 26, 2020. – Scottish police on Friday said armed officers shot dead a man after a suspected stabbing in Glasgow left six others injured, including one of their colleagues. The incident happened in and around a Park Inn hotel on West George Street, in the heart of the city. Several roads were closed and the surrounding area was cordoned off. (Photo by Robert Perry / AFP) (Photo: ROBERT PERRY, AFP via Getty Images)
GLASGOW — A suspect has been shot dead by police after six people were injured and sent to a hospital, including an officer, during an incident at a hotel housing refugees, Scottish police said Friday.
An officer, who appeared to have been stabbed during the incident at the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street around 1 p.m., was in “a critical but stable condition,” Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said. He called on people to avoid the area.
“We would urge the public not to speculate about this incident or share unconfirmed information on social media,” Johnson added.
“I would like to reassure the public that this is a contained incident and that the wider public is not at risk,” Johnson continued.
He said police are not looking for any other suspects related to the incident.
We are aware of reports a police officer has been stabbed in an incident in #Glasgow city centre. Our officials are in attendance to provide all necessary support. Please allow our collages the space to do their jobs. Further updates will be provided when we are able to do so.
— ScotsPolFed (@ScotsPolFed) June 26, 2020
Glasgow city centre pic.twitter.com/Kdk2Kn6FHn
— Jamie O’Neill (@jays_the_one) June 26, 2020
Armed police responded to the Park Inn Hotel amid reports of a multiple stabbing at a hotel housing asylum seekers.
Craig Milroy, who witnessed the aftermath of the incident from a nearby office building, told the Associated Press that he saw four people taken away in ambulances.
“I saw a man lying on the ground … with no shoes on,” Milroy said. “He was on the ground with someone holding his side. I don’t know if it was a bullet wound, a stab wound, or what it was.”
“We were still standing outside, after that the police all came down, the riot police and triage team told us to go back in and lock the door,” he said.
Human rights activist Mohammad N Asif wrote on Twitter that he had spoken to an asylum seeker staying in the hotel and that “many people had been stabbed by knives.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “Deeply saddened by the terrible incident in Glasgow, my thoughts are with all the victims and their families. Thank you to our brave emergency services who are responding.”
Police have closed off streets near where the incident took place.
Contributing: The Associated Press.
The reports from Glasgow City Centre are truly dreadful. My thoughts are with everyone involved. I am being updated as the situation becomes clearer. Please help the emergency services do their jobs by staying away from the area – and please don’t share unconfirmed information.
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) June 26, 2020
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