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Auldhouse fatal shootings: Police inquiry continues

Peter Thompson
Image caption The older victim is understood to be farm business owner Peter Thompson

Police say "significant inquiries" are continuing into a shooting at a South Lanarkshire farm which left two men dead and one seriously injured.

Peter Thompson, who owned Meadowhead Farm, in Auldhouse, near East Kilbride, was shot dead on Tuesday morning.

The 59-year-old's son, John, 36, sustained leg wounds in the incident.

Both men are believed to have been shot by Robert McCormick. The 53-year-old, who was a registered firearms owner, was found dead near the scene.

Police were called to the farm, about three miles south of East Kilbride, at about 08:10 on Tuesday.

Specialist firearms officers searched the area and Peter Thomson was found dead at the scene.

Mr McCormick was found dead a short time later in a car nearby.

Image caption John Thompson is recovering in hospital after being shot in the leg

The victim's son, John, who was shot in the legs during the incident, was found in Langlands Road, near the Auldhouse Arms pub.

His injuries are not life threatening and the 36-year-old is said to be in a "stable" condition at Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride.

Mr McCormick was not related to the shooting victims.

Police said no-one else was being sought over the incident and there was no danger to the public in the area.

Following the shooting, police confirmed that they were investigating a linked incident several miles away in the Clarkston area of East Renfrewshire.

It is believed that Mr McCormick stayed in the town.

Police said that a man was being questioned as a witness to the first incident and that he was not at the farm when the shootings occurred.

Meanwhile, tributes have been paid on social media sites to Meadowhead Farm owner Peter Thompson.

Chris Thompson posted on the farm's Facebook site: "Thoughts and prayers to all the family. Such a sad loss."

Belinda Bee posted: "So sorry about your tragic loss. Rest in peace Peter."

Kaitlin Martin posted: "Hope John pulls through soon, such tragic news."

Celine Halliday added: "So sorry to hear such horrible news. My thoughts are to all at the yard and to family and friends at this devastating time. RIP."

A floral tribute was also left at the scene on Tuesday. It read: "RIP Peter. A true gentleman. You will be sadly missed."

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