Father shot after confronting girls

A FATHER was shot after he confronted two teenage girls who were causing a disturbance which he feared would wake his sleeping baby.Barry Simpson, 33, had chased the teenagers off, but ten minutes later he was shot at point-blank range outside his girlfriend's home in Blantyre, Lanarkshire, the Scottish Sun newspaper reported.

A FATHER was shot after he confronted two teenage girls who were causing a disturbance which he feared would wake his sleeping baby.

Barry Simpson, 33, had chased the teenagers off, but ten minutes later he was shot at point-blank range outside his girlfriend's home in Blantyre, Lanarkshire, the Scottish Sun newspaper reported.

Mr Simpson underwent emergency surgery for stomach wounds and is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Mr Simpson and his girlfriend, Sharon Bryson, 31, became concerned for seven-week-old baby Emma after a disturbance late on Monday night


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After going outside and chasing the girls away, the teenagers threatened Mr Simpson.

On hearing a second noise outside the flat 10 minutes later, he again went out.

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He was confronted by a man carrying what looked like a knife - but as he turned to flee he was shot.

Mr Simpson's brother Gavin, 39, told the newspaper: “I ran round to Sharon's flat when she called. Barry was on the kitchen floor and there was blood all over the place.

“He'd been shot on the left side of the abdomen. I couldn't believe it - my brother wouldn't harm a fly and lives for his family and playing golf.”

He is now recovering in Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride.

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