Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Edinburgh firearms death man named as Mohammed Omar Abdi

Willowbrae Road
Image caption A large section of Willowbrae Road was closed off by police

A man who died after an armed car chase in Edinburgh has been named by police.

Mohammed Omar Abdi, 25, from Leith was found seriously injured in the Willowbrae area following reports of a crash shortly after 01:00 on Sunday. He died later in hospital.

A second man was also injured. A murder inquiry is under way and police said they were looking for at least six men in connection with the attack.

Officers moved to reassure residents that incidents like this were rare.

On Sunday police confirmed that firearms had been involved in the incident, but refused to say whether either man had been shot.

Detectives said they were investigating a series of related incidents involving two groups of black men who did not appear to be local to this area of Edinburgh.

Officers responded to reports of a car crash and found a man outside the vehicle suffering from serious injuries. A blue people carrier had crashed into railings on Abercorn Crescent and was extensively damaged.

About, an hour later the second man was discovered bleeding heavily in nearby Paisley Crescent.

A police cordon put in place around the scene has now been reduced, with uniformed officers continuing to provide high-visibility presence in the area to offer reassurance to the community.

Police said they had received a high volume of calls from the public which were now being looked at.

Ch Insp Mark Patterson said: "It is firstly important to remember that incidents like this are incredibly rare within Edinburgh, and the capital remains a safe place to live, work and visit.

"However, when such events do occur, it can have a significant impact on the local community and we continue to deploy a large number of officers to the Willowbrae area to speak with residents and address their concerns.

"In addition, people can approach these officers and pass on information to them."

He added: "We remain keen to speak with anyone who saw anything suspicious in the general area surrounding Abercorn Avenue and Paisley Crescent in the early hours of Sunday morning or who saw vehicles travelling at speed or being driven erratically.

"Anyone who believes they have information that can help with our ongoing investigation, and who has yet to speak with our officers, should contact police immediately."

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