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Police hunt launched after man injured in early hours shooting

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Stableford, who is leading the investigation into a shooting at the junction of Court Street and Dundonald Street in Hamilton (File photograph)

A man is in hospital with gunshot wounds after an early morning shooting yesterday.

But the 27-year-old’s injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

A resident in the area of Court and Dundonald Streets in Hamilton said he heard “a quick repeat of gunshots” at about 1.15am this morning.

He added: “I think I heard a motorcycle and then it went quiet.”

The man said the shots came from an open area by the junction where older people socialised.

He added: “I was somewhat surprised about the area it came from.”

A police spokesman said officers attended the scene and forensic specialists examined the area.

He added: “A short time later, a 27-year-old man attended the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment of a gunshot injury, which is not considered to be life threatening.

“It is now confirmed the two incidents are connected.”

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Stableford appealed to the public to come forward with any information that could help the inquiry.

He said: “If you were in the Court Street area around the time of this incident, or you may have information about it, we are appealing for you to please get in contact with us.

“Whoever is responsible had to get ready somewhere and you could have information vital to the investigation.”

He added officers were “particularly interested” in speaking to anyone who saw two people riding a motorcycle on Dundonald Street around the time of the incident.

Mr Stableford said: “We urge anyone out driving a vehicle with a dashboard camera or who lives in the area and may have CCTV recordings, to check their footage from between 1am and 1.30am today.”

The shooting came just over a week after a 30-year-old man was treated in hospital and released after shots were fired on Court Street.

The incident happened just before midnight on November 20.

The north east Hamilton resident said: “It seems like everyone around here is getting so used to hearing it that nobody really notices.”

A double murder at the Robin Hood pub and restaurant across Hamilton on Richmond Road last month was blamed by police on a rift in the Parkside gang, which is based in the north east Hamilton area.

Anyone with information or footage of the latest shooting should phone 247-1739, the police 211 number or the anonymous and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline at 800 8477.