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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 December 2005, 21:45 GMT
Man dies after Greenock shooting
Shooting scene
The shooting took place on Wednesday morning
A man has died and his brother is critically ill in hospital after a double shooting in Greenock.

Detectives have appealed for witnesses after a gunman opened fire in Lincoln Road on Wednesday morning.

The victims were taken to Inverclyde Royal Hospital. Robert Lennie, 32, died later and his younger brother John, 30, was left in a critical condition.

The suspect is a white male, 5ft 5ins tall and of slender build. He wore dark clothing and had short hair.

Children were on the street and these bullets could've gone anywhere
Det Ch Insp Bobby Shaw

Det Ch Insp Bobby Shaw of Greenock CID urged anyone with information on the incident to contact police.

He said: "A number of shots were fired and that's a real concern.

"There were a number of people going about their business at that time. Children were on the street and these bullets could've gone anywhere.

"That's why it's so important that anyone with information gets in touch with us."

He added the gunman escaped on foot after shooting the two brothers, who were both walking on Lincoln Road.

Shooting scene
Police have appealed for information

He said: "There was certainly no vehicle in the immediate area of the incident."

Neighbour Ann Knox, who lives on Lincoln Road, knew the two victims and said she could not believe what had happened.

She said: "They were really nice boys. One of them wouldn't walk by you - he would always stop for a chat.

"He was a father as well. They were a really nice family.

"The first I knew about it was when I saw some neighbours outside talking about what had happened. Everyone is really shocked."

See local residents' reaction to the shooting

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