Innocent dog shot dead after getting caught in gangland crossfire in Scotland

Police confirmed a white Maltichon called Henry died as a result of the firearm being discharged (Picture: Police)

A dog has been shot dead after getting caught up in the crossfire of a gang attack in Scotland.

Police confirmed a white Maltichon called Henry died as a result of a firearm being discharged in Cumbernauld, in North Lanarkshire, on Thursday.

A man, 27, was also shot after being targeted at around 6.55pm and has been taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries to his back.

The dog’s 52-year-old owner suffered a minor injury to her hand.

A man, 27, was also shot after being targeted (Picture: Getty)

Police said three men got out of a silver Ford Focus and chased the 27-year-old man while carrying a firearm, which was fired, and a bladed weapon.

The suspects are described as wearing dark clothing and possibly balaclavas.

The silver Ford Focus was found burnt out Fannyside Mill, Moore Road, at Forrest Road near to Blackthorn Roundabout around 7.55pm the same night.

The partial registration plate is 67 ZKZ.

Armed officers attended alongside local officers as standard procedure. 

Police are appealing for the public's help (Picture: Getty)

Police Scotland's Major Investigation Team believe it was a targeted attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Gillian Grant, senior investigating officer, said: "This was completely reckless and the fact this happened in a residential street shows the suspects had a complete disregard for the safety of the public.

"A woman who was simply walking her dog has been left absolutely devastated.

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"There is an increased police presence in the area and reassurance patrols will be carried out. A team of detectives will be conducting CCTV and house-to-house enquiries.

"I would appeal to the public to contact us with any relevant information about this attack because this behaviour cannot be allowed to happen in our communities.

"I would ask specifically if anyone witnessed the attack or saw a silver Ford Focus shortly before or after the incident to contact us.

“Also could I appeal to anyone driving in the Eastfield Road and Dullatur Road area last night around 6.55pm to check dash cam footage and contact us."