One of the victims of the Glasgow hotel attack has now been discharged from hospital.
Sudanese asylum seeker Badreddin Abadlla Adam, 28, was shot dead by officers after six people – including 42-year-old police constable David Whyte – were injured in the incident at the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street.
The others victims injured were men aged 17, 18, 20, 38 and 53. Two are staff members at the hotel and three are asylum seekers.
Police Scotland said today that four victims are in a stable condition in hospital while one is in a critical but stable condition.
Adam had been moved to the hotel with about 100 asylum seekers due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s believed he spent at least three weeks self-isolating in his room after experiencing Covid symptoms.
An alleged witness told the Daily Record: ‘He didn’t want to stop. He was anxious about the whole thing and after the three weeks he had to be convinced that he couldn’t keep isolating continually.’
The night before the attack, Adam reportedly became aggressive towards another Sudanese asylum seeker in a neighbouring room.
The unnamed source continued: ‘He got into an argument with a guy through the wall from him and threatened him. It was about his neighbour being noisy. He said he couldn’t get to sleep because of it.
‘A housing liaison worker chapped his door in the morning, brought him down and spoke to him with an interpreter to find out what the issues were.
‘It was about half an hour before the attack started and he seemed calm. They sat and talked and the boy seemed to take on board what was being said. If he had any problems, he should go to them rather than threatening people.’
Other sources told the newspaper that conditions at the hotel were good but suggested Adam had grown frustrated after his request to the Home Office to go home to Sudan grounded to a halt over the outbreak.
A member of Glasgow’s Sudanese community named only as Almadi told the BBC that Adam’s already poor mental health had worsened under his new circumstances.
Almadi explained: ‘Actually he was suffering from a lot of mental health problems.
‘He was mentally ill and actually his mental health deteriorated very badly when he stayed in the Park Inn.’
Meanwhile a man who said he knew Adam told ITV News that he warned staff about threats Adam had made the night before the incident.
Giving his name as Siraj, he said: ‘[Adam] said “’I will attack” so everyone should take it seriously.
‘I told him “no, there’s no need to attack” and he said “they hate me, I hate them, they are against me”.
‘He started to say a lot of stuff like that but I said “nobody hates you, nobody knows you, nobody knows each other”.’
‘I reported him to the hotel reception and then the next day, yesterday morning, the housing manager talked to me and I said to him everything he (the attacker) said to me. And in the afternoon, it happened.’
In a statement posted on Twitter, PC Whyte said: ‘The incident myself and colleagues faced in West George Street was extremely challenging. The scene we were confronted with is something I will never forget.
‘As the first responders on scene, myself and my colleague did what all police officers are trained for to save lives.
‘Despite suffering serious injuries myself, I know that the swift actions of colleagues saved lives and prevented a far more serious incident.’
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