24/09/2015 18:00 BST | Updated 24/09/2016 06:12 BST

Police Inquiry Starts After Man Shot Near Primary School

A major police investigation has been launched into the shooting of a man near a primary school.

Armed response teams were sent to the incident in Dornoch Place, Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, at about 3.10pm today.

The street is close to St Helen's Primary School and Bishopbriggs Academy, and took place as pupils left for the day but officers said no-one from the schools was involved in the incident.

Extra patrols are being carried out in the area to reassure local residents and inquiries are continuing.

A Police Scotland statement read: "Police officers are investigating an incident in Dornoch Place, Bishopbriggs, in which a man is believed to have been shot today, Thursday September 24.

"Police Scotland firearms' officers attended and extensive enquiries are ongoing in the area to establish the exact circumstances."

Several streets in the surrounding area have been cordoned off amid a heavy police presence.

Residents said the police helicopter had also been at the scene.

Chief inspector Craig Smith said: "Please be assured that this incident did not take place within the local school grounds and does not involve anyone from the local school.

"It is very unusual for an incident of this nature to happen and I can understand that is has caused alarm amongst people in the community. Additional police patrols are in the area to provide extra reassurance.

"Officers are working to establish the circumstances of the incident and I am particularly keen to appeal to anyone who may have seen the incident or who had been in the area around that time to contact the police on 101 with any information.

"Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained."

Gordon Currie, director of education and children's services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: "East Dunbartonshire Council has received reports of an incident which allegedly took place today in Bishopbriggs.

"As it is a Police Scotland matter, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further."