ne individual is in a important situation and one other is significantly injured following a sequence of shootings which left one man lifeless.
John MacKinnon, 47, died following the incidents on the Isle of Skye and within the Dornie space of Wester Ross on Wednesday.
He was reportedly attempting to assist others because the occasions unfolded.
A 32-year-old girl and a person and girl, each 63, had been taken to hospital following the incidents, a few of which concerned a gun.
Ian Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, mentioned what occurred has “shocked the place to the core”.
A 39-year-old man has been arrested in reference to all the incidents, which police imagine had been 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 severe accidents. She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth College Hospital in Glasgow.
About half-an-hour later, gun pictures had been reported at a property within the Teangue space of the island, about eight miles away, the place Mr MacKinnon was pronounced lifeless when emergency companies arrived.
Following studies of gunshots in Dornie on the mainland, a 63-year-old man was discovered with severe accidents and brought to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for remedy. A 63-year-old girl was taken to Broadford Hospital, Skye, and launched after remedy.
Police mentioned the 32-year-old girl stays in a severe situation and the 63-year-old man is important.
Chief Superintendent Conrad Trickett mentioned a Taser was discharged throughout the course of the incidents.
He mentioned there was a licence for the gun used within the incidents and it was owned by the one that discharged it.
Talking at a media briefing on Thursday, Mr Trickett mentioned: “The ideas of myself and colleagues throughout Police Scotland are very a lot with the household and associates of Mr MacKinnon and the three individuals who stay injured.
“These incidents befell in a close-knit rural space and have a big influence not solely on these immediately affected but in addition associates and their neighbours residing in these communities.
“Severe incidents witnessed yesterday are extraordinarily uncommon and I wish to additional reassure the native communities that they had been handled and there’s no additional menace.”
Requested if there can be extra firearms checks within the space, he mentioned: “There’s a vigorous course of round firearms licensing that includes each native officers, the divisional firearms licensing group, who’re specialists within the space, and nationwide firearms licensing.
“All licences are reviewed as per the laws and that can proceed in an ongoing means.”
Scotland’s Finance Secretary Kate Forbes, the native MSP, described the information as “one of many worst days that I can recall within the historical past of Skye and Lochalsh”.
She added: “West Highland communities are close-knit, we’re heat and welcoming, and it will 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.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon mentioned everybody in Scotland can be considering of the communities affected.
Talking as she visited a church group in Forfar, Angus, on Thursday, she mentioned: “My ideas are with these most immediately affected by what has been a horrific incident on Skye.
“I need to convey that power of feeling to these people and households who may have been devastated by what has occurred.
“Clearly, the type of incidents that occurred yesterday would have been horrific and devastating in any a part of the nation.
“However the type of communities we’re speaking about listed here are small, close-knit communities and that sense of devastation can be felt much more acutely.”
Mr Blackford mentioned he’s one in every of many locally horrified by the assaults.
Talking on Wednesday, he mentioned: “For folks to listen to the information of in the present day’s incidents which have taken place in three separate events, I believe it’s actually shocked the place to the core, it’s shocked folks that this type 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 get well from this and it’s actually necessary that we be certain that all of the assist is there for the households.”
Native resident Gordon Matheson, who lives in Teangue, mentioned the day had been “profoundly troublesome” for the neighborhood.
“Households have suffered great loss in the present day,” he mentioned.