A video showing a man barricaded in a Chinese restaurant while a baying mob threatens to kill him is being linked to the fatal shooting of dad Graham "Kermit" Williamson.
Armed police attended the Shanghai Teahouse restaurant in Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, after the terrifying gang attack on Friday night.
Three days later Graham, 26, known as Kermit, was shot dead at his home in Caithness Street, Blantyre, two miles away, Daily Record reports.
Now detectives have revealed that they are probing a possible link between the two violent incidents.
In a video, a man – not the murder victim – is barricaded in the Chinese restaurant on Friday evening while a gang of men scream abuse outside.
A written caption on the video states: "F**** sake, that many people and me holding the door shut way one hand texting a bird and telling **** tae get out the kitchen way that fried rice."
The video shows the man, who we can’t name for legal reasons, holding the restaurant door shut as one apparent assailant shouts: "I’m going to kill you."
A second man in the crowd outside says: "Look, ya wee chicken, get him in."
Later in the video, the man who was the target of the mob appears to goad his attackers.
He says: "Big men, turning up with 10 of you, you still couldnae get me. See you soon, boys."
At the end of the 26-second clip a "friends" page from a social media account flashes up on the screen, containing the name of the dead man, Graham Williamson, among others.
A source, who sent the video to the Record, said: "The video has been getting sent around people in Bothwell, Uddingston, Hamilton and Blantyre.
"Police were taking the incident at the Shanghai seriously and there was talk on Friday night of two armed response vehicles attending the scene.
"Before the video emerged, there was talk of five men chasing a guy in there.
"He held the door behind him and the restaurant owner was meant to have tried to pull the shutters down.
"Two meat wagons were parked across from the restaurant on Friday, marking a strong presence, and there was definitely trouble in the air, which is very unusual for a quiet place like Bothwell."
The source added: "After the shooting happened on Monday night, the word on the street very quickly was that it was Kermit, and was that it was all a result of the Friday incident."
Detective Superintendent Kevin Jamieson, who is leading the murder hunt, confirmed that the Bothwell incident is forming part of the inquiry.
He said: "We are considering other incidents, including the one in Bothwell. I can’t say if this is involved at this time.
"I’m keeping an open mind as to any other incidents that might become involved in this.
"His car being set on fire is a potential motive but it’s too early to say and to actually determine the exact motive."
Police confirmed yesterday they are hunting the gunman who ran up behind Kermit and shot him in the back at 5pm on Monday.
Kermit’s car was burned out and he was targeted as the torched vehicle was being towed away.
After being shot, he managed to get back to friends, who tried to help him along with neighbours until an ambulance arrived.
He died in hospital soon afterwards.
The suspect was wearing dark clothing and either a hood or a balaclava covering his face and got into a dark blue car waiting nearby.
Officers are still examining CCTV and speaking to witnesses.
Kermit’s girlfriend, the mum of his three-year-old son, arrived home to the commotion unfolding outside her house moments after he was shot.
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