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Murder probe launched after man shot in street

Police said inquiries into the incident continue.

Scene of the shooting in Erdington, Birmingham (Aaron Chown/PA)
Scene of the shooting in Erdington, Birmingham (Aaron Chown/PA)

A murder probe has been launched after a man was shot in the street in the middle of the day.

West Midlands Police said a 28-year-old man died as a result of the shooting at around midday on Thursday.

Police cordoned off Church Road in Erdington, Birmingham, and have said inquiries into the incident continue.

The family of the victim has been informed of his death, the force added.

West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to the scene.

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A police cordon on Church Road in Erdington, Birmingham (Aaron Chown/PA)

A spokesman for the service said: “On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man, who was in cardiac arrest.

“Ambulance staff performed CPR and administered advanced life support on the man.

“However, sadly, it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

Responding to the incident, Erdington local councillor and resident Robert Alden said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with anyone effected by this incident.

“Erdington is a great place to live and work. We are a wonderful community here and this kind of event is rare.

“We will be working with our excellent local police in coming days and weeks, as we currently do, to ensure that these kind of incidents remain rare and Erdington remains a safe place to live and work”.

Detectives have asked anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.

West Midlands Police said they will be stepping up patrols in the Erdington area following the shooting.

Superintendent Sarah Burton, from Birmingham East police, said: “I fully understand the shock and concern of residents in the area. I’d like to reassure you that incidents like this are rare and we’re doing all we can to find those responsible.

“You’ll see more officers on the streets as we’ve increased patrols to support and reassure the community through what I realise is a worrying time for them.

“No-one expects this kind of incident to happen in their community. Officers are working closely with colleagues from Force CID to conduct a thorough investigation.

“If anyone has any concerns or comments about policing in the area they can talk to the officers on the streets or get in touch via Live Chat or 101.”

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