June 26, 2020
A suspected knife attacker has been shot dead after a police officer and five others were stabbed during a “serious incident” at a hotel in Glasgow city centre.
Glasgow Stabbing: Suspect Shot Dead After Six Attacked Including Police Officer
There is currently a heavy police presence around the Park Inn in West George Street with more than a dozen emergency vehicles. Authorities said the incident was “contained” and there is no danger to the general public.
HuffPost UK understands the Park Inn Hotel, which armed police were seen entering is temporarily home to asylum seekers – though it is not known if there were other guests as well. Two receptionists are believed to be among those injured.Police Scotland assistant chief constable Steve Johnson said: “The individual who was shot by armed police has died. Six other people are in hospital for treatment to their injuries including a police officer, who is in a critical but stable condition.”UPDATE 15:25 ACC Steve Johnson said: "The individual who was shot by armed police has died. Six other people are in hospital for treatment to their injuries including a police officer, who is in a critical but stable condition.— Police Scotland (@policescotland) June 26, 2020One witness, who gave his name as John, told the PA news agency he saw two people stabbed in the hotel. He said he came down from the third floor to see the reception area covered in blood.
“One receptionist had been stabbed behind the receptionist desk,” he said.
“And then when I went down to the entrance I shouted at him and told him to stay calm and I will call for help.
“When I went to the entrance I saw another receptionist [...] had been stabbed. There were two police officers there assisting him.”First minister Nicola Sturgeon said in a tweet: “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”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, 2020Greater Glasgow Police tweeted: “Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident on West George Street in Glasgow.
“The street is currently closed off and the public are asked to avoid the area at present.
“The situation is contained at this time and there is no danger to the general public.”
Craig Milroy, who saw the aftermath of the incident from an office building nearby, said he had seen four people taken away in ambulances.
“After that we saw commotion, ambulances further up and we saw armed police all running into the hotel next to the Society Room,” he said.
“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.”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.— Boris Johnson #StayAlert (@BorisJohnson) June 26, 2020Witnesses posting on Social Media reported a large police presence including armed officers and riot vans. Serious police presence in West George Street, Glasgow just now. Armed police entering a building. Anyone know what’s going on? pic.twitter.com/aplqcywWrN— Adele Mills (@MillsAdele) June 26, 2020A traffic information bulletin issued by Glasgow City Council said: “Due to a serious police incident the following roads are currently closed until further notice.”
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