Man who died in Scottish Highlands shooting named locally as John MacKinnon

An attacker, armed with a gun, also injured three other people were taking to hospital

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A man who died during a series of incidents involving a firearm in the Scottish Highlands has been named locally as 47-year-old John MacKinnon.

It comes following a spate of incidents on the Isle of Skye and in the Dornie area of Wester Ross on Wednesday.

An attacker, armed with a gun, also injured three other people who were taken to hospital.

The suspect, a 39-year-old man, has been arrested in connection with all of the incidents, which police said they believe are linked.

John MacKinnon
John MacKinnon
Rowena MacDonald
Rowena MacDonald

Emergency services were called to reports of a woman, 32, being found seriously injured in Tarskavaig, Skye, shortly before 9am on Wednesday.

The name of the victim has been named locally as Rowena MacDonald.

She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow for treatment.

Officers were then called to the Teangue area of the island at 9.30am after a gun was fired.

Emergency services attended, but a 47-year-old man, named locally as Mr MacKinnon, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police subsequently attended a property in the Dornie area in Wester Ross after further gunshots were heard.

A man was found with serious injuries and was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness and a woman, whose condition is not known, was taken to Broadford Hospital.

Tarskavaig, Skye
Tarskavaig, Skye

The suspect was taken to Raigmore Hospital.

SNP’s Ian Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, said he was one of many in the community who were horrified by the attacks.

Speaking in the aftermath of the incidents, he said: “For people to hear the news of today’s incidents that have taken place in three separate occasions, I think it’s really shocked the place to the core, it’s shocked people that this sort of thing can happen.

“It’s a terrible, terrible day that these things have come to Skye and Lochalsh.

“It takes some time for some of these communities to recover from this and it’s really important that we make sure all the support is there for the families.”

Scotland’s Finance Secretary Kate Forbes described the news as “one of the worst days that I can recall in the history of Skye and Lochalsh”.

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, who gave birth to a baby girl last week, said: “West Highland communities are close-knit, we are warm and welcoming, and this will shatter us to the core.

“It feels like our very heart has been ripped apart.

“I, and I am sure many others, never thought we would see such an awful day.”