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01 Jan 1970 |

Handsworth shooting update

Man arrested and bailed

A man arrested in connection with a double shooting in Birmingham has been bailed.

A 25-year-old man died following the shooting in Soho Hill, Hockley, on Friday. A second man was also shot and it is understood that he remains in a critical condition in hospital.

A murder investigation has been launched, which saw a 27-year-old being stopped in a vehicle and arrested by officers in Bridgeman Street, Walsall just before 6am on Saturday. He has now been bailed with strict conditions pending further investigation.

West Midlands Police was called to Soho Hill at around 4.30am on Friday morning following a 999 call from a member of the public, who reported seeing a large group of men in the road and hearing shots being fired.

The 25-year-old victim, from Handsworth, was dropped off at a hospital emergency department with gunshot wounds following the disorder but later died. A vehicle used to take the man to hospital has since been recovered by police.

The second victim had earlier been rushed to hospital by the emergency services.

 The scene of a double shooting in Hockley
The scene of a double shooting in Hockley

Soho Hill was closed while specialist officers were at the scene to gather evidence and build a picture to explain what happened.

Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Marsh, who is leading the investigation, is continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

She said: “From our early investigations we know there were a number of people in the area at the time who would have seen what happened and have vital information about those responsible.

“We urgently need those people to come forward and talk to us to assist our investigation.

“Our officers are highly experienced in supporting witnesses who are worried about coming forward and the force − in conjunction with the courts and others − can put in a range of measures to make people who speak out feel safer.

“Patrols will continue in the area throughout the weekend and any local residents with concerns should talk to one of our officers or contact their local police team.”

Anyone with information that could help should contact 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.