A dog was shot dead and the woman walking him was injured as an armed gang chased a man through a housing estate near Glasgow.

The tragic pooch, a white maltichon called Henry, died at the scene as he was being walked by his owner, a 52-year-old woman, on Thursday.

Police Scotland say the canine walker suffered a minor injury to her hand.

Around 6.55pm on Thursday, four men in a silver Ford Focus drove into Brunswick Gardens in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire.

Three men in dark clothes, armed with a firearm and a bladed weapon, got out of the car and chased after a 27-year-old man, and a weapon was fired.

Meanwhile man who was targeted was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary with serious but not life-threatening injuries to his back.

A maltichon dog named Henry was shot dead in an estate near Glasgow

The car was found burnt out between Fannyside Mill and Forest Road near Blackthorn Roundabout around 7.55pm.

Detective Chief Inspector Gillian Grant, senior investigating officer, said: "This was completely reckless and the fact this happened in a residential street shows the suspects had a complete disregard for the safety of the public.

"A woman who was simply walking her dog has been left absolutely devastated.

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"There is an increased police presence in the area and reassurance patrols will be carried out.

"A team of detectives will be conducting CCTV and house-to-house inquiries."

She added: "I would appeal to the public to contact us with any relevant information about this attack because this behaviour cannot be allowed to happen in our communities.

Police at the scene of the shooting where the white dog died

"I would ask specifically if anyone witnessed the attack or saw a silver Ford Focus shortly before or after the incident to contact us.

"Also, could I appeal to anyone driving in the Eastfield Road and Dullater Road area last night around 6.55pm to check dash cam footage and contact us."

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident number 3095 of 23 January 2020, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.