A murder investigation is under way following the death of a man in Greenock on Tuesday.
Emergency services called to reports of the incident at a house on Nairn Road, Larkfield, at around 1.15am on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old man was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
A resident from the area told STV News that herself and others had heard sounds similar to that of “fireworks” around the time of the incident.
Other locals reportedly heard sounds of multiple “gunshots”, however these claims are currently unconfirmed.
Forensic investigators and detectives were spotted at the scene on Tuesday.
Police Scotland confirmed that high-visibility patrols will be carried out in the area, in efforts to reassure the community.
Chief Inspector Damian Kane, local area commander, said: “Obviously this man’s death is devastating for his family and very concerning for the wider community.
“Please be assured that we have additional high-visibility patrols in the area and should anyone wish to speak to officers and would encourage them to do so whilst respecting cordons that are in place.
“We appreciate that there may be raised tensions in the area, but again, my officers are there to reassure the community and can be approached by anyone with any concerns they may have following the incident.”
Extensive police enquiries are ongoing, with officers gathering CCTV footage from surrounding areas and carrying out door-to-door enquiries.
Detective Superintendent Cameron Miller said: “Our investigation is still at an early stage.
“Today, and over the coming days, there will be significant police activity with both uniform and detective officers present within the local area as well as specialist forensic teams, carrying out inquiries in to this death.
“We are keen to hear from anyone who was in Nairn Road or the immediate vicinity around 1.15am who may have seen anything suspicious or anyone who has any information relating to this incident.
“If anyone has dash-cam footage from the street or surrounding area during that time I would urge them to come forward.
Anyone with information that may assist officers with their investigation has been asked to get in touch with police by phoning 101 and quoting reference number 0151 of Tuesday, February 28.
Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.
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