Man attacks passerby in Glasgow street before taking own life

Police are hunting armed gang. Archive image:  (Photo: John Devlin)
Police are hunting armed gang. Archive image: (Photo: John Devlin)

A man has died after stabbing at least one person in the middle of Glasgow city centre before taking his own life

Witnesses said the man appeared to attack random passersby in the city’s St Vincent Street before turning the weapon on himself on nearby West Nile Street.

One witness told the Daily Record newspaper he saw the incident from an office window.

He said: “We saw this man just randomly running at people with what looked like a Stanley knife.

“One man started trying to defend himself with an umbrella and it looked like he tried to grab the blade from the knifeman, but he ended up getting his hand slashed.”

The witness described how he watched the attacker’s victim run in to a nearby burger restaurant to try to escape, before ending his life.

He said: “He started to chase the man inside the burger shop, but then he stopped, stared in through the window and just started cutting himself.

Several police units attended Glasgow’s West Nile Street.

Police Scotland confirmed they were called to the scene, near St Vincent Street, shortly after 4pm on Thursday.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Around 1605 hours this afternoon an assault took place in St Vincent Street, Glasgow.

“The suspect made his way on foot towards West Nile St where he then inflicted serious injuries upon himself.

“Officers attended and the incident was very quickly contained.

“The man was taken by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where he died a short time later.”

He added: “This was a contained and isolated incident. Enquiries continue, however there are no other persons sought in relation to the incident.”