Dornie: One dead and three hospitalised in 'devastating' incidents on Skye and Dornie
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Officers were initially called to the Tarskavaig area on Skye shortly before 9am yesterda after a report of a 32-year-old woman having been seriously injured at a property.
She has since been taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow for treatment.
A further incident at a property in the Teangue area on Skye was then reported shortly after 9:30am after a firearm was discharged.
Emergency services attended, but a 47-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers subsequently attended at a property in the Dornie area in Wester Ross following a further firearm discharge at a property.
The force said a man was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for treatment to serious injuries and a woman was taken to Broadford Hospital following the Dornie incident.
A 39-year-old man arrested over the incidents has been taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.
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.”
Ms Forbes said in a statement: “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. Not a single West Highland home will be untouched by this terrible tragedy.
“I would also like to thank Police Scotland and the other emergency services for their ongoing efforts and investigations. I stress again what the police have already said, a man has been arrested, there is no further threat to public safety and it is not believed to be a terrorist incident.”
A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We received a call at 9:02am to attend an incident in Tarskavaig, Skye.
"We also attended two further incidents in Teangue on Skye and Dornie.
“Multiple ambulances, air ambulances, a special operations response team (SORT) and an emergency medical retrieval service (EMRS) team attended the scenes.
"Four patients were transported to hospital – two to Raigmore Hospital, one to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and one to Broadford Hospital.”
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, the area’s local MP, posted a message to emergency responders who reacted to the incident, thanking those who attended the scene.
He wrote: “Very concerning news and my thoughts are with all those affected. As more details come to light, the response of the emergency services seems to have stopped this incident spreading even further than it did. Thank you for the work that you do.”
Highland Council convener Bill Lobban also praised the work of emergency services.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue was contacted, but did not attend the incident.