Hunt goes on for play park killer

Jamie Lee dies af­ter be­ing shot in Castlemilk bat­tle

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Par­ents of chil­dren who may have wit­nessed a mur­der in Castlemilk are too scared to speak to po­lice, ac­cord­ing to res­i­dents.

Eight kids were be­lieved to be in a play park near Bal­lan­tay Ter­race on Satur­day when Jamie Lee, 22, was shot dur­ing a gun and ma­chete fight be­tween rival gangs.

Po­lice Scot­land has ap­pealed for wit­nesses of any age to come for­ward to help snare the killers.

But ac­cord­ing to one res­i­dent, peo­ple in the scheme are “ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fied for their kids.”

He added: “When the chil­dren are out in a play area at a cul-de-sac you tend to as­sume they are safe.

“A lot of the chil­dren come to the play park from the sur­round­ing area be­cause it is safe.

“This ex­treme vi­o­lence has shat­tered every­one here.

“There are chil­dren speak­ing about see­ing guns and ma­chetes and peo­ple ly­ing on the ground.

“Those who are re­spon­si­ble for this have not been ar­rested yet.

“Peo­ple just want to make sure their kids are safe.

“Some peo­ple feel their kids have been through enough and just want to draw a line un­der it.

“They don’t want to speak about it, and they do not want the spot­light shone on their chil­dren by speak­ing to the press, which would then mean they would have to speak to the po­lice.”

Jamie suf­fered a gun­shot wound and died within hours in hospi­tal. He and fi­ancée Laura Ward had be­come par­ents just three weeks ago.

De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Al­lan Bur­ton said:”There were a num­ber of peo­ple there, in­clud­ing some chil­dren, who had run off from the play park at the com­mence­ment of this in­ci­dent.

“We would urge them to come for­ward.

“We are aware from wit­ness state­ments that the two groups came to­gether for a stand-up fight, where they tar­geted in­di­vid­u­als within both groups.

“Some had been armed with weapons.

“One has been armed with a firearm which has been dis­charged and has caused in­jury to the de­ceased and also caused in­jury to a 62-year-old male, who was also shot dur­ing this in­ci­dent.

“My ob­vi­ous concern is that there were un­re­lated per­sons within this vicin­ity, in­clud­ing chil­dren who were in the play park prior to this and they may have been af­fected by this.”

“We have spo­ken to res­i­dents who told us they heard chil­dren run­ning from the scene.

“We have not yet iden­ti­fied who these chil­dren are.

“We be­lieve there are peo­ple who hold cru­cial in­for­ma­tion from within that play park.”

A fam­ily mem­ber of Jamie’s, John Lee, said:”We have no idea what was be­hind this. You tell me. The fam­ily are try­ing to deal with it. We are try­ing to face up to it.

“We’re dev­as­tated but we want to put a brave face on it. What else can we do?”

De­tec­tives are scour­ing CCTV im­ages and full foren­sic searches have been car­ried out.

Po­lice have stepped up pa­trols and vis­i­bil­ity in the area to try to re­as­sure lo­cal peo­ple.

Vic­tim Jamie Lee Trib­utes Flo­ral trib­utes were left near the scene on Mon­day

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