Murder hunt after man gunned down outside Shotts home

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The shooting happened in Inverkip Drive in Shotts

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was shot outside his home in North Lanarkshire and later died.

Anthony Wright, 35, was shot by a gunman in Inverkip Drive, Shotts, at about 0700 BST.

Police believe he was the intended target. No-one else was injured.

The suspect made off on foot across wasteground. Detectives have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

The area around the house, where Mr Wright is thought to have lived with his girlfriend and four children, has been cordoned off.

It is understood Mr Wright, who died at Wishaw General, was shot at on his driveway and again further down the street.

Police said the area would have been relatively busy at the time of the shooting, with people heading to work.

Det Supt John McSporran, said: "Extensive door to door enquiries are ongoing and I would appeal to anyone who was in the Inverkip Drive area at that time to come forward.

"Officers from the enquiry team are also keen to talk to anyone who may have seen the suspect heading towards wasteground at the back of Inverkip Drive.

"I would ask members of the public who have not yet come forward and know something about this crime, to speak to police as a matter of urgency."

One couple who live in the street, who did not wish to be named, said they had been sleeping when the shooting happened and only heard about it when a friend rang to tell them.

The woman said: "We don't know the man well but he had a boy at the high school and three wee tots. It's shocking really."

Forensic and ballistic experts were at the scene where a white tarpaulin covered part of the road.

Public safety

Det Supt McSporran added: "I have no doubt that there are people out there who know who was involved in this crime and who may have reservations about coming forward.

"I would urge them to do so without delay as it is vital that the killer is arrested and brought to justice."

Ch Supt Graham Cairn said local people should remain calm following the shooting, which happened in broad daylight.

He added: "We see this as an isolated incident. Normal, law-abiding residents and members of the public need not fear.

"I would like to reassure them that I will be putting on extra patrols in the area to make sure that everyone feels safe. Normal members of the public should not worry themselves."

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