ommunities in Skye and Lochalsh have skilled “one of many worst days” of their historical past after capturing incidents which left one man lifeless and three others injured.
John MacKinnon, 47, died following a collection of incidents on the Isle of Skye and within the Dornie space of Wester Ross on Wednesday.
Three individuals had been taken to hospital following the incidents, a few of which concerned a gun.
Mr Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, stated what occurred has “shocked the place to the core”,
A 39-year-old man has been arrested in reference to the entire incidents, which police stated they imagine are linked.
Officers had been referred to as to a property within the Tarskavaig space of Skye shortly earlier than 9am on Wednesday the place they discovered a 32-year-old girl with critical accidents, who was then taken to Queen Elizabeth College Hospital in Glasgow.
About half an hour later, gun pictures had been reported at one other property within the Teangue space of the island, about eight miles away, the place the 47-year-old man was pronounced lifeless when emergency companies arrived.
Following stories of gunshots in Dornie on the mainland, a person was discovered with critical accidents and brought to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for therapy and a lady, whose situation is unknown, was taken to Broadford Hospital, Skye.
Scotland’s Finance Secretary Kate Forbes described the information as “one of many worst days that I can recall within the historical past of Skye and Lochalsh”.
The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch added: “West Highland communities are close-knit, we’re heat and welcoming, and this may shatter us to the core.
“It seems like our very coronary heart has been ripped aside.
“I, and I’m positive many others, by no means thought we might see such an terrible day.”
Mr Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, stated he was considered one of many in the neighborhood who had been horrified by the assaults.
Talking within the aftermath of the incidents on Wednesday, he stated: “For individuals to listen to the information of at the moment’s incidents which have taken place in three separate events, I feel it’s actually shocked the place to the core, it’s shocked people who this kind of factor can occur.
“It’s a horrible, horrible day that these items have come to Skye and Lochalsh.
“It takes a while for a few of these communities to recuperate from this and it’s actually vital that we make certain all of the assist is there for the households.”
I understand how close-knit and big-hearted the communities in Skye and Lochalsh are and we are going to come collectively to assist one another by means of this devastating time
Native resident Gordon Matheson, who lives in Teangue, stated the day had been “profoundly troublesome” for the group.
“Households have suffered great loss at the moment,” he stated.
Skye councillor John Finlayson described the information as tragic for the group.
He stated: “I understand how close-knit and big-hearted the communities in Skye and Lochalsh are and we are going to come collectively to assist one another by means of this devastating time.
“I wish to thank the emergency companies for the whole lot they’ve performed, and proceed to do and our ideas and prayers are with all of the households which were affected by the occasions of at the moment which have hit everybody in our communities so onerous.
Talking to Good Morning Scotland on Thursday, Mr Findlayson added: “I’ve by no means recognized tragedy like this and there’s two communities affected right here: one on Skye and one on the mainland.
“I don’t suppose anybody on Skye or Lochalsh would have anticipated that.
“From what I hear there have been an enormous variety of ambulances, police, hearth service and helicopters within the space.
“Everybody was actually alarmed. Lots of people didn’t admire what was taking place.
“Now that we’re extra conscious of the tragic circumstances, I feel everybody continues to be in shock and it’s unbelievable.
“It’s a tragic day, it’s a tragic day and a really robust day for us all.”