Two dead after stables shooting

Police are appealing for information.
Police are appealing for information.

POLICE are still investigating a shooting incident at Meadowhead farm and stables in Auldhouse which left two men dead and another injured.

The dead men are believed to be Peter Thompson (59) and Robert McCormick (53). The third man is thought to be John Thompson (36), the son of Peter.

It is believed that Mr McCormick shot Peter Thompson and his son though police will not say whether he turned the gun on himself.

Local sources say that Mr McCormick was a resident of Hillend Crescent, Clarkston.

One of Mr McCormick’s neighbours spoke of him as a quiet man.

Not wishing to be named, the neighbour said: “I didn’t really know him. He was a quiet man, always kept himself to himself.

“The first I heard of it was at 10am [Monday] when I noticed plain-clothed police officer in the street.

“They battered down the door of his house, then they broke down the door of the garage shouting a warning to anyone who was in there — but the place was empty.”

The neighbour could not confirm how long Mr McCormick had lived in the street. He added: “We’ve been here for three years and he was here before that.”

Peter Thompson was the owner of an equestrian business at Meadowhead.

Following the shooting, his son, John, fled in his car to a nearby pub, the Auldhouse Arms. He is now being treated for his wounds at Hairmyres hosital in East Kilbride.

Detective superintendent Elaine Ferguson said: “We can confirm that a male aged 59 and a male aged 53 have been fatally injured.”