Pensioner, 78, dead and man arrested after gunshots heard on residential Edinburgh street

Police at the scene in Edinburgh​

Police at the scene in Edinburgh

George Bunn

By George Bunn

Published: 21/05/2024

- 16:34

Updated: 21/05/2024

- 17:55

A 36-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident

A 78-year-old woman has been found dead in her home after armed police descended on a city street following reports of 'gunshots'.

Officers attended Fernieside Crescent in Edinburgh after reports of a shooting.

Emergency services have confirmed a pensioner has been found dead in her home.

A spokesperson from the Scottish Ambulance Service told GB News: "We received a call today at 0828 hours to attend an incident on Fernieside Crescent in Edinburgh and dispatched several resources to the scene."

Fernieside Crescent in Edinburgh

Police at the scene in Fernieside Crescent in Edinburgh


Residents said how police and medics raced to the scene at around 8.30am earlier this morning.

One told EdinburghLive: "I watched it through my window. So many police and ambulances appeared at about 8.30am. It's a quiet area, not much disturbance or police around here usually. I'm so shocked."

Another resident, who did not want to be named told The Scottish Sun: "I heard screams not long after I got up. It seemed unusual but I thought nothing more about it. A while later I heard more sirens and saw armed cops on the street.

"I was told to stay inside and I could heard them shouting a someone. Then there were several gunshots, a dozen maybe, all within a couple of minutes."


Forensic investigators

A man has been arrested after police were called to a "disturbance" at a house on Fernieside Crescent on Tuesday morning


A police statement read: "Around 8.25am, police were called to a disturbance within a house in Fernieside Crescent.

"Police and Ambulance attended and a 78-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

"A 36-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death and enquiries continue.

"This was an isolated incident and officers remain in the area to provide public reassurance and anyone with concerns should speak to officers.

Fernieside Crescent, Edinburgh

The scene in Fernieside Crescent, Edinburgh


"A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal."

One nearby resident told Daily Record: "I heard a noise like a door getting rammed. A police car was right in front of our driveway. We heard shots fired soon after. I had gone outside to see what was going on. An officer told me to get inside and my wife to shut the window.

"We heard about eight or more loud shots, it was like firecrackers going off, hard and sharp. Then we saw armed police go in to the house with shields and guns.

"Soon after we saw a man brought out in handcuffs. It was all over quickly, about half an hour. We heard on the police radio that a pensioner had died. It was so scary at the time."

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