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Junior football boss Paul McColl shot in 'targeted attack'

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Media caption'He staggered in shouting I've been shot'

Detectives believe a junior football manager who was shot in South Lanarkshire was the victim of a "targeted attack".

Paul McColl, 48, staggered into a bar shouting for help after being ambushed as he parked his car on Borgie Crescent, Cambuslang on Wednesday.

The Cambuslang Rangers boss is in a stable condition in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

Police Scotland are treating the incident as attempted murder.

Mr McColl managed to make his way to the Kirkhill Bar in Cadoc Street where the alarm was raised at 20:50.

Five minutes later police received a report of a car burnt out at Turnlaw Road, near East Greenlees Road, and one line of inquiry is that it may have been the getaway vehicle.

Det Sgt Stephen Tennant, of the Major Investigation Team (West) said: "I would like to reassure the public that we believe this to be a targeted attack on the victim and extensive enquiries are ongoing to establish the motive and full circumstances surrounding the incident.

"We cannot confirm the exact cause of the victim's injuries at this time, however we have several reports of loud bangs in the area and one line of enquiry is that a firearm was involved.

"This type of reckless violence has no place in our communities and the fact that it happened in a busy residential area will undoubtedly cause concern."

Det Sgt Tennant confirmed there will be additional patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the local community.

He added: "Support from members of the public is going to be absolutely vital to this investigation and I cannot stress enough how important it is that anyone who may have information about what happened comes forward.

"I would like to speak to anyone who was in Borgie Crescent or Cadoc Street last night and saw or heard anything at all suspicious.

"I would also ask anyone who was in the vicinity of Turnlaw Road near to East Greenlees Road between 20:30 and 21:00 who may have noticed any cars parked or anyone making off from the scene to get in touch."

"I am also appealing for any motorists with dashcams who were in the area around the time of the incident last night and may have captured any footage of the incident to please contact police."

Mr McColl is a former Wishaw Juniors assistant manager and has held his current post for three years.

A statement from Cambuslang Rangers said: "The club is saddened to hear the serious injuries sustained by our manager Paul following an incident in Cambuslang.

"Our thoughts are with Paul and his family at this difficult time."

The club also confirmed its match this weekend against Kello Rovers has been postponed.

Image caption Police sealed off nearby streets following the shooting
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Image caption The man was taken by ambulance to hospital
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An eyewitness, who asked not to be named, told BBC Scotland the shooting happened outside the Kirkhill Bar at about 20:30.

He said: "There were a few regulars in the bar, watching the football when all of a sudden the chap staggers through the door, clutching his stomach, shouting 'I've been shot, I've been shot'

"It transpires he'd driven up and somebody had shot him in the stomach and his face.

"The police were phoned. The ambulance seemed to take forever to arrive. It turns out the ambulance was parked around the corner for about 15 minutes because they had to wait for a police armed response unit to arrive.

"When they did arrive, there was about six or seven of them, with huge guns, masks and balaclavas."

The injured man - who was a regular at the bar - was initially taken into the back lounge where staff administered first aid.

"Towels were got, loo rolls and stuff to try to stem the bleeding. He seemed to be shot in the stomach and the face, mainly in the stomach," the witness said.

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Image caption The wounded man staggered into the Kirkhill Bar where he was a regular drinker

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