Gangland thugs kill bystander’s dog and convicted attempted murderer shot in buttocks

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Gangland thugs kill bystander’s dog and convicted attempted murderer shot in buttocks 1

Police said Henry’s owner had been left “absolutely devastated” and condemned the three gunmen as “completely reckless”. They said the wounded thug, Marc McDermott, 27, had been shot in a targeted attack.

The shootings took place shortly before 7pm on Thursday on a smart new-build housing estate in Cumbernauld, near Glasgow.  

Police said they were called at 6.55pm to a “disturbance” in Brunswick Gardens.

Detective Chief Inspector Gillian Grant said the 52-year-old woman caught up in the incident had been “simply walking her dog”.

She said she could not confirm how the woman had come to be injured.

DCI Grant added: “This was completely reckless, and the fact that this happened in a residential street shows the suspects had a complete disregard for the safety of the public.”

It is understood that McDermott was shot as he got out of a 4×4 after parking outside a relative’s home in the street.

Police have been dealing with a series of tit-for-tat shootings and fire-raising attacks, carried out in recent weeks as part of a Glasgow gangland dispute.

McDermott was jailed in 2012, when he was 19, for a horrific attempted murder where the victim was repeatedly kicked in the head and left for dead.

He and Kevin Love, 18, a soldier AWOL from the Army, admitted trying to kill Michael McMillan, 19, in Cumbernauld.

The attack, filmed by CCTV, continued for two full minutes. 

The victim suffered brain damage and was scarred for life.

It was unclear last night why the gunmen targeted McDermott. 

One source said: “It’s not yet clear if this is a case of mistaken identity.”

A local resident said: “A well-known crime family live here. You’re always waiting for something to kick off but usually, it’s low-level stuff. You don’t expect a shooting in an estate like that, which is full of expensive houses.”

McDermott is understood to have suffered shot wounds to his buttocks and lower back. He was taken to hospital but his injuries are not life-threatening.

A silver Ford Focus used by the gang was found burned out a few miles away, at Fannyside Mill, at about 7.55pm on Thursday.

Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack, or who saw the Focus shortly before or after it.

They are also asking people who were driving in the Eastfield Road and Dullatur Road area at about 6.55pm on Thursday to check dashcam footage.

DCI Grant said: “I would appeal to the public to contact us with any relevant information about this attack, because this behaviour cannot be allowed to happen in our communities.

“We will continue to engage with everyone in the inquiry and get as much information as we can.

“There is an increased police presence in the area and reassurance patrols will be carried out. A team of detectives will be conducting CCTV and house-to-house inquiries.”

Door-to-door inquiries were already underway at the scene yesterday and forensics officers carried out fingertip searches in bushes. The 4×4, a white Nissan Navara, was towed away by police.

McDermott’s girlfriend, Cheryl Fraser, said: “He doesn’t want to disclose anything for his safety.”

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