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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 July, 2003, 23:45 GMT 00:45 UK
Toddler shot dead in Turkey
Alistair Grimason
Alistair Grimason was sleeping in his pram when he was shot
A two-year-old boy from Scotland has been shot dead in Turkey, the British Consulate has confirmed.

Alistair Grimason from Lanarkshire was caught up in a gun battle while he slept in his pram.

His Turkish mother, Ozlem, was having dinner at a cafe during a trip to visit her parents.

The boy's father David, who lives in East Kilbride, Scotland, has flown to Turkey to join his wife.

The incident took place in the village of Foca, near Izmir on the west coast of Turkey.

Alistair's uncle, Mark Grimason, said: "Ozlem was in a restaurant with her mother and other friends when an argument broke out at another table between four men.

"One of the men opened fire on the other three.

Hunting gunman

"When the gunfire went off the restaurant was evacuated and only then did Ozlem spot blood on the pram. Alistair had been hit and he was dead."

Separate reports say that the youngster was taken to hospital and underwent surgery but did not survive.

Mr Grimason said the family was struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.

He described Alistair as "totally placid, good-natured and all smiling".

It is understood police in Turkey are still hunting the gunman.

Turkish news agency Anatolia reported that one of the men who was hit died and two others were injured.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "Our Embassy in Istanbul has been informed of an incident involving a minor.

"They are in touch with local authorities to establish what happened and offer assistance."




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