A 47-year-old man has died and three people have been injured in a series of incidents in which a firearm was discharged on the isle of Skye and Wester Ross, Scotland, police have said.
Police were first called to the Tarskavaig area in Skye shortly before 9am after reports of a 32-year-old woman suffering with serious injuries at a property.
She was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow for treatment.
Another incident at a property in the Teangue area of Skye was reported after 9.30am after a firearm was discharged.
Officers and emergency services attended the scene, but a 47-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police then were called to a property in the Dornie area in Wester Ross following a further firearm discharge at a property.
A man has been taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for treatment with serious injuries, and a woman was taken to Broadford Hospital.
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Police have arrested a 39-year-old man in connection with all the incidents, which are being treated as linked.
He was taken to Raigmore Hospital.
Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber & Badenoch described the news as “one of the worst days that I can recall in the history of Skye and Lochalsh”.
The investigations are being led by Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, supporting local officers.
Chief Superintendent Conrad Trickett, local policing commander for Highlands and Islands Division, said: “Incidents such as this are thankfully extremely rare but I understand that this will have a significant effect on the local community in these rural areas.
“I would like to reassure people that we are treating these incidents as contained with no wider threat to the public.
“There will a significant police presence in the area over the coming days and we will be working with partners to provide support to the local community. I would like to thank people for their co-operation as our investigation progresses.”