LONDON (AP) — A suspect shot by police during an incident Friday at a Glasgow hotel that appeared to be largely housing asylum-seekers and refugees has died and six other people, including a police officer, were in a hospital being treated for injuries, Scottish police said.
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.
Police Scotland said the situation had been contained and that there was no threat to the wider public. Johnson said police weren’t searching for anyone else.
The Scottish Police Federation, which represents the large majority of Scottish police officers, said it has notified the family of the injured officer.
Craig Milroy, who witnessed the aftermath from a nearby office building, said he saw four people taken away in ambulances.
“I saw a man lying on the ground, of African descent, 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.”
Milroy said the man was one of the four taken away by paramedics and believed him to be a victim.
“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.
Images on social media appeared to show armed officers entering a building and a large number of emergency vehicles outside.
Positive Action In Housing, an organization that supports migrants and refugees, said the hotel was housing refugees for the Mears Group, a housing and social care provider.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the reports were “truly dreadful” and that she was being updated. She also said some of the information circulating is “unconfirmed” or “inaccurate.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “deeply saddened by the terrible incident in Glasgow” and that his thoughts are with “all the victims and their families.”