Dad, 47, shot dead trying to save others from gunman who ‘stabbed sister’

A dad was tragically shot dead trying to stop a rampaging gunman who allegedly stabbed his sister and shot two others.

John MacKinnon, 47, died at his home in the village of Teangue on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, yesterday (August 10).

John's sister Rowena MacDonald, 32, was stabbed beforehand and was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

She remains in a serious condition at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

Police arrived at around 9.30am but sadly dad-of-four John was declared dead at the scene.

Two 63-year-olds – named locally as osteopath John MacKenzie and his wife Fay, a mental health nurse – were then injured in a second alleged shooting in Dornie, Wester Ross, over 30 miles away by road.

He remains in a critical condition in hospital, but his wife has since been released.

A 39-year-old man was arrested and charged in connection with the bloody rampage.

John MacKinnon's heartbroken friends have said he was trying to grab the gun to save others when he was shot.

An old school friend described him as "one of the kindest men".

Kate Forbes MSP said the rampage was the "worst day that I can ever recall in the history of Skye and Lochalsh".

She added: "I cannot begin to imagine what the family and friends who have lost a loved one are going through, and they should be in all our thoughts and prayers right now. We grieve with them.

“West Highland communities are close-knit, we are warm and welcoming, and this will shatter us to the core.

"It feels like our very heart has been ripped apart. I, and I am sure many others, never thought we would see such an awful day. Not a single West Highland home will be untouched by this terrible tragedy."

Police confirmed that the incidents were "linked", adding that there is no wider risk to the public.

Chief Superintendent Conrad Trickett, local policing commander for Highlands and Islands Division, said: "Incidents such as this are thankfully extremely rare but I understand that this will have a significant effect on the local community in these rural areas.

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"I would like to reassure people that we are treating these incidents as contained with no wider threat to the public.

"There will be a significant police presence in the area over the coming days and we will be working with partners to provide support to the local community. I would like to thank people for their cooperation as our investigation progresses."

Anyone with information regarding the incidents can call 101 quoting reference 0713 of August 10 2022.

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