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Glasgow stabbings: here's how to pray

by Marcus Jones

An officer has been injured and a man shot dead by police during a major incident in Glasgow.

Police Scotland said a male suspect was shot by an armed unit and that an officer is receiving treatment in hospital.

Police Scotland assistant chief constable Steve Johnson said: “The individual who was shot by armed police has died. Six other people are in hospital for treatment to their injuries including a police officer, who is in a critical but stable condition."

Scottish Police Federation chairman David Hamilton confirmed the injured officer is male and was stabbed. 

He said in a statement: “Whilst there is understandable and considerable public interest in the major incident in Glasgow earlier today, our focus at this time is in assisting the family of our colleague who has been seriously injured.

“Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with our colleague, his family and friends, and all colleagues affected by this incident at this time.”

The incident appeared to happen at the Park Inn Hotel in West George Street.

Speaking to Premier, Fred Drummond from the Evangelical Alliance in Scotland explained how we can be praying.

"I think firstly, we need to just allow the Lord by his spirit to soften our hearts," he said. "We've had lots of tragedies and things over the last while and we need that space almost to lament and cry out to God that God might have mercy, that God might show his grace and that God would protect us from evil. 

"Then, I think we have to ask the spirit to lead us in intercession where we start to pray as intelligently as we can, for those left behind, for the situations as they develop over the next few hours, but really asking God to do what only God can do and bring that supernatural comfort,strength and peace."

One witness, who gave his name as John, told the PA news agency he saw two people stabbed in the hotel.

He said he came down from the third floor of the hotel to see the reception covered in blood.

“One receptionist had been stabbed behind the receptionist desk,” he said.

“And then when I went down to the entrance I shouted at him and told him to stay calm and I will call for help

“When I went to the entrance I saw another receptionist was fighting for his life and had been stabbed.

“There were two police officers there assisting him.”

Witness Craig Milroy, who saw the aftermath of the incident from an office building nearby, said he had seen four people taken away in ambulances.

He told the PA news agency: “I saw a man lying on the ground, of African descent, with no shoes on.

“He was on the ground with someone holding his side – I don’t know if it was a bullet wound, a stab wound, or what it was.”

Mr Milroy said the man was one of the four taken away by medics and believed him to be a victim of an attack.

He added: “After that we saw commotion, ambulances further up and we saw armed police all running into the hotel next to the Society Room.”

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