Glasgow city centre has been locked down following reports of a knife attack in the stairwell of a hotel, leaving three dead and a police officer injured.
Around 20 police vehicles were sent to the Park Inn, West George Street, at around 1.30pm, along with sniffer dogs, armed officers, and paramedics wearing protective suits. Eyewitnesses said the building’s reception area had been left covered in blood as people were taken away on stretchers.
Police Scotland have confirmed six people are being treated in hospital including a police officer, who is a critical and stable condition. A male suspect was shot dead by police shortly after 2pm.
The hotel has been closed for business due to the coronavirus pandemic but it has been used to house asylum seekers during lockdown. Human rights activist Mohammad N Asif tweeted that he had spoken to someone staying there and said ‘many people had been stabbed by knives’.
Police Scotland said the incident had been ‘contained’ and that ‘the wider public is not at risk’. Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson added: ‘I would like to reassure the public that at this time we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.’
Witness Craig Milroy, who saw the aftermath of the attack from an office building nearby, said he had seen four people taken away in ambulances. He added: ‘I saw a man lying on the ground, of African descent, with no shoes on. 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.’
Mr Milroy said the man was one of the four taken away by medics and believed him to be a victim of an attack.
He added: ‘After that we saw commotion, ambulances further up and we saw armed police all running into the hotel next to the Society Room.
‘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.’
A traffic information bulletin issued by Glasgow City Council said a number of roads in the city centre had been closed. Businesses in the area have reportedly been told to close for the day and send staff home.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: ‘Please follow advice to avoid the West George Street area of Glasgow while @policescotland deal with this ongoing incident.’
As more details of the incident emerged, she added: ‘The reports from Glasgow city centre are truly dreadful. My thoughts are with everyone involved.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson added: ‘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.
‘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.’