Boy aged two dies after he was shot in head

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A two-year-old boy shot in the head with an airgun in Glasgow has died, Strathclyde Police said today.

Andrew Morton is believed to have been hit by a pellet which had been aimed at firefighters called to a kitchen blaze near his home in the Easterhouse area of the city.

The toddler lost his fight for life in the city's Southern General Hospital earlier today. He had been in intensive care since the shooting, which happened shortly before 7pm on Wednesday.

Andrew's mother, Sharon McMillan, described on Thursday how he was injured moments after he left his home with his elder brother on Cambusdoon Road in the Craigend area of Easterhouse.

A pellet had earlier struck a 34-year-old firefighter attending a report of a kitchen blaze in the same street. He was uninjured.

A police spokesman said: "A 27-year-old man has been arrested and is presently detained in police custody following the incident. A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal."

The arrest follows a major inquiry involving more than 40 officers and a ballistics expert.

The 27-year-old man is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Monday.