COPS HUNT FOR GUNMAN AFTER EXECU TION BID
Shooting victim in stable condition
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