Isle of Skye dad gunned down in Highlands rampage that left 3 more in hospital

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A dad shot dead in a horror crime spree which left three more people seriously injured in the Scottish Highlands has been named and pictured for the first time.

John MacKinnon, 47, has been named locally as the tragic victim who was killed at around 9.30am on Wednesday, August 10, following a shooting in Teangue, Skye.

The fatal incident came on a day which has been dubbed "one of the worst in the history of Skye and Lochalsh" as police had half an hour earlier raced to a seriously injured 32-year-old woman in Tarskavaig.

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The woman's current condition is unknown following her emergency transport 155 miles away to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow for treatment.

Following reports of gun fire at a property in Teangue, officers then attended the scene where Mr MacKinnon was pronounced dead. Another incident at a property in Dornie, Wester Ross, was reported to police after gun fire was heard there as well.

It is believed to be the home of a well-known local osteopath and his social worker wife. A man was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for treatment for serious injuries and a woman, whose condition is not known, was taken to Broadford Hospital on Skye.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the alleged incidents, which are being treated as linked. He was also taken to Raigmore Hospital for treatment.

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”.

Chief Superintendent Conrad Trickett, local policing commander for Highlands and Islands Division, said there will be a significant police presence in the area over the coming days, adding: “We will be working with partners to provide support to the local community.

"I would like to reassure people that we are treating these incidents as contained with no wider threat to the public. A spokesperson for the Scottish Ambulance Service confirmed four people were taken to hospital following the spate of incidents.

The rescue operation saw multiple ambulances, air ambulances and special rapid retrieval emergency teams, which are only summoned for incidents in rural locations when people are in critical need of medical attention.

Ms Forbes, who has just given birth to a baby girl, added: “I cannot begin to imagine what the family and friends of those who have lost a loved one are going through, and they should be in all our thoughts and prayers right now. 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.”

Social media posts have indicated that there has been a large police presence in parts of Skye and Dornie yesterday, with locals in the area reporting seeing a helicopter and an ambulance.

Ian Blackford, SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber told Radio Forth News: "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."


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