Police have launched a man hunt after gunshots were fired at a house near Edinburgh airport.
Initial reports were received at 9:30pm on Monday. An investigation started immediately resulting in the closure of the A8.
The road was closed for 12 hours in both directions between Newbridge Roundabout and Edinburgh Airport to allow forensic officers to carry out a detailed search of the area.
Police have said that no one was injured but have appealed to the public for any information. There is increased anxiety after it was confirmed that the police were not treating the incident as a random act. There has been some speculation that the shots were an attempted gangland hit on a local convicted fraudster.
Police Scotland Superintendent Matt Richards said: “This incident took place close to one of the main routes to and from Edinburgh. It is always busy with passing traffic. I would appeal to any member of the public, either locally, or who may have been passing through Ratho Station at or around 9.30pm last night and who saw anything to contact us urgently.
It is imperative that we trace the individual involved in this incident, which thankfully did not result in any injuries. The consequences of a weapon being discharged in the manner which happened last night may have been extremely serious.
“Anyone with any information can contact the 101 Police number or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.”
Air passengers faced disruption due to the road closure as they struggled with heavy traffic and diversions as they attempted to catch their flights.
Many took to twitter to express their frustration with one disgruntled traveller commenting:
“Due to incident on A8 arrived at 6:02am, bag check in closes 6am. No leeway. V upset.”
The quick response by police was reflective of heightened security in Scotland after the attempted terrorist attacks in Glasgow Airport in 2007.
Superintendent Richards said : “Uniformed officers are in the area to provide extra patrols to support the local community.”