COPS HUNT FOR GUN­MAN AFTER EXECU TION BID

Shoot­ing vic­tim in sta­ble con­di­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Crime re­porter

Po­lice have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an at­tempted mur­der after a con­victed drug dealer was shot in Ruther­glen on Mon­day night.

Scott Ben­nett (left), 37, was tar­geted at around 5.30pm while sit­ting in his van at the car park of Tay­lor Vet­eri­nary Prac­tice on East Kil­bride Road in Cathkin. A light coloured BMW 3 Series Coupe pulled up be­side him and the pas­sen­ger, who was wear­ing a high-vis vest, got out with a firearm and shot Ben­nett through the win­dow.

De­spite re­ceiv­ing se­ri­ous fa­cial in­juries, Ben­nett man­aged to flee in his van to the nearby Blue Ru­pee res­tau­rant for help.

Shocked mem­bers of the pub­lic came to his aid and called emer­gency ser­vices.

He was taken to the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment. Med­i­cal staff yes­ter­day de­scribed his con­di­tion as sta­ble.

Po­lice raced to the scene and sealed off ar­eas around the vet­eri­nary prac­tice and the res­tau­rant.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing, the cor­don was re­moved from the res­tau­rant, how­ever the vet’s car park re­mained sealed off.

At around 7pm on Mon­day the BMW used by the shooter was found burned out on a path near Cathkin Golf Club.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Alan MacDon­ald from Cam­bus­lang CID said: “I would like to re­as­sure mem­bers of the pub­lic that we be­lieve this was a tar­geted at­tack and ex­ten­sive en­quiries are un­der­way to es­tab­lish why this hap­pened and who is re­spon­si­ble.

“I would ap­peal to any­one who was in the vicin­ity near to Tay­lor Vet­eri­nary Prac­tice be­tween 5.15pm and 5.45pm, or Cathkin Road near to the golf club

be­tween 5.15pm and 7.15pm, to con­tact po­lice if they saw or heard any­thing at all sus­pi­cious.

“I would also ask any mo­torists with dash­cams who were in ei­ther area to please check their footage in case they have cap­tured any­thing which could be of sig­nif­i­cance.

“This crime will un­der­stand­ably be caus­ing con­cern to the com­mu­nity and there will be ad­di­tional pa­trols in the area to pro­vide re­as­sur­ance. I would urge any­one with in­for­ma­tion or con­cerns to ap­proach of­fi­cers on pa­trol who will be happy to as­sist you.

“Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Cam­bus­lang CID via 101, quot­ing in­ci­dent number 3325 of Mon­day, De­cem­ber 3.

“Al­ter­na­tively, call Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 where de­tails can be given in con­fi­dence.”

Scott Ben­nett was jailed for 15 months after he was caught with 6kg of cannabis in his car in 2015.

After his re­lease, Ben­nett built a mas­sive ken­nel com­plex in Strathaven in an at­tempt to de­velop a puppy breed­ing busi­ness.

But Ben­nett caught the at­ten­tion of the author­i­ties again after erect­ing the £180,000 deluxe ken­nels with­out plan­ning per­mis­sion at his farm­house – and with­out hav­ing a li­cence to breed or sell dogs.

Speak­ing to our sis­ter news­pa­per the Daily Record ear­lier this year, Ben­nett said: “I am a dog lover and I have been breed­ing dogs since I was 19.”

He added: “We all have a history and I am try­ing to put mine be­hind me. I spend 24 hours a day on my farm try­ing to sort our fu­ture. I am not a crim­i­nal.”

Po­lice cor­don Shoot­ing oc­curred in a vet’s car park

Cor­doned off A lane near Cathkin Braes where the burned out car was dis­cov­ered on Mon­day night

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