Man killled in Glenrothes double shooting

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By Amanda MacMillan

A MURDER hunt has been launched after a man was killed and another injured in a double shooting on Sunday night.

Police in Fife were called to flats in Forres Drive in Glenrothes at 9:25pm where they found one man dead.

The man was named locally as 38-year-old Mohammed Nadeem Siddique but police have not released a name and said that the man has not been formally identified.

Another injured man was found outside and was taken to hospital by ambulance crews.

He suffered non-life threatening injuries and was shortly released.

His name had not been confirmed by police.

Armed officers immediately cordoned off the street and began an investigation into what happened.

A forensic team were on the scene yesterday to try and piece together what took place.

A telephone box at the bottom of the street was also cordoned off and there was activity near to a van parked beside the flats with the logo Defence Four Security.

Police are now keen to speak to a man in his 30’s with short brown hair and of stocky build.

He is described as wearing a dark coloured zip-up top and may have been in the area at the time of the incident.

A spokesman for Fife Police said: “About 9.30pm last night (Sunday 24th October), police in Glenrothes responded to a call that a firearm had been discharged within a house at Forres Drive, Glenrothes.

“On arrival, officers found two male victims, one of whom was dead and another one injured.

“The injured man was conveyed to hospital for treatment and was released shortly thereafter with non-life threatening injuries.

“A full-scale investigation is underway, but it will be appreciated that it is still in its early stages.

“A high profile police presence will be in the area to reassure members of the public and to continue the investigation.”

Neighbours said they thought the shooting was most likely drugs related.

One woman said she spotted someone running from the scene.

She said: “I saw a large man running down the street. It caught my attention because of the speed he was running.”

Another said: “I thought it was fireworks going off because you usually hear them this time of year or someone taking their bins out.

“It’s all a bit too close for comfort.”

Another neighbour said: “You sometimes see someone hanging up their mobile and then going into the phone box.

“You can only assume what they’re doing.”

“About a week ago a policeman knocked on my door and said that someone had made a 999 call from the phone box.”

When an elderly neighbour heard that the incident happened in one of the flats she said: “I’m not surprised. You hear a lot about drugs over there.”

But another man was shocked about this happening on his doorstep.

He said: “I can’t believe it, it’s frightening.

“I didn’t hear anything and all I saw was a man being taken into an ambulance with a bandage around his head.”

Councillor Peter Grant, Councillor for Glenrothes West & Kinglassie, said that the main thing is to try and find the culprit: “I was shocked to hear of the brutal murder in Glenrothes yesterday.

“I know the police will be doing everything they can to reassure people and to make sure that whoever is responsible is caught and brought to justice.

“This person needs to be tracked down as soon as possible.  I would urge anyone who has any information, however trivial it may seem, to contact the police or Crimestoppers immediately.”

The incident follows an attempted murder which took place in Whyterose Terrace, Methil in Fife between 8pm and 9pm on Sunday evening.

A police spokesperson said: “No further information can be released at this time. A full investigation is underway and I would urge anyone who may have seen or heard anything untoward in this area during these times to contact the police on 0845 600 5702 or via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111. Any information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

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