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Car used in Glasgow shooting murder was stolen in May

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Media captionOfficers have stressed they do not believe the murder was an act of random violence

A car involved in a fatal shooting in Glasgow last week was stolen six months ago, police have revealed.

Forensic tests are continuing on the burnt-out Audi Q5, which was found in the north of Glasgow, following the murder of Euan Johnston on 15 November.

It was taken from Parklands Country Club, Newton Mearns, in May and had fake registration plates fitted.

Police revisited the murder scene in Shields Road on Tuesday and stopped 244 vehicles and spoke to 357 people.

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Image caption Euan Johnston died in hospital after being shot in his car

In a similar operation, one week on from the shooting they also revisited Balmore Road, near to where the burnt out Audi Q5 was recovered, and stopped 103 cars and spoke to 128 people.

'Shocking incident'

Det Supt Jim Kerr, who is the senior investigating officer, said: "Extensive police inquiries are continuing into this murder and we will follow up on the information we gained. I fully appreciate the assistance of the public during the operations.

"This was a targeted attack and a shocking incident, and we will trace who is responsible.

"We are well aware of the speculation surrounding Euan Johnston's involvement in criminality and this may be why people may be reluctant to come forward to police."

The detective said that he was "in absolutely no doubt" that there were people with "vital information" who had not yet come forward.

He said any information given to officers would be "treated in confidence".

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Mr Johnston, 26, was at the wheel of a black Audi RS4 estate when he was hit by shots fired from the Audi Q5 at 23:45 last Tuesday.

He and a friend had earlier been eating in the Red Pepper Indian restaurant and were returning home when the attack happened. The other man, who is aged 29, was not injured.

Det Supt Kerr said no weapons have yet been recovered in connection with the murder.

He said: "We know that the dark blue Audi Q5 was involved and we know that car was stolen on May 16 from Parklands Country Club and was using false plates.

"The car was going at a fairly erratic speed and we are keen to speak to anyone who maybe has dashcam footage of it.

"We are also keen to speak to anybody that has seen the car parked in streets or industrial estates nearby."

CCTV footage

Police also want to establish the identity of three men seen running in Bracken Street, close to where the burnt-out car was found in the Possil area of the city.

Det Supt Kerr said that a dark-coloured car, possibly a Volkswagen Golf, could have picked up the three men.

The detective added: "A team of highly experienced detectives are working on this inquiry and we are continuing to examine hundreds of hours of CCTV footage from a number of areas.

"We are working to identify the people and vehicles seen. It is critical that people who have any information contact police, as they may well hold that vital piece of information that could help us lead to who is responsible.

The detective said extra uniform patrols would be in the area "to provide public reassurance" and urged "anyone with concerns to speak to officers".

Last week, he revealed that Mr Johnston, who was from the Maryhill area of Glasgow, was "known to police" but he did not give details.

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