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Teenager arrested after man shot dead in drive-by attack

James Teer was pronounced dead at the scene.

James Teer was shot dead in Erdington (West Midlands Police/PA)
James Teer was shot dead in Erdington (West Midlands Police/PA)

By Richard Vernalls, PA

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting in a residential street.

James Teer, 20, had been playing football with friends when he was shot in the head near the home where he lived with his parents in Goosemoor Lane, Birmingham, on Thursday evening.

A man was arrested in Birmingham city centre at about 4pm on Tuesday in connection with the murder, West Midlands Police said.

The male, who is from the Alum Rock area of the city, remains in custody.

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A blue forensics tent marking the spot near to where Mr Teer was shot dead. (Richard Vernalls/PA)

A post-mortem examination found Mr Teer had suffered a gunshot wound.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and the motive for the attack still remains “unclear”, police have said.

The young man is the latest victim of gun crime in Birmingham, bringing to three the number of people killed in shootings this year.

Speaking at the time, the MP for Erdington Jack Dromey called Mr Teer’s killing a “tragic waste”.

He said: “A car pulled up and apparently from the window of the car, he was shot in the head with a shotgun.

“His family are absolutely devastated over what has happened.”

There will be people in the community who know or suspect why this has happened. Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths, of West Midlands Police, said: “This arrest is a major step forward in our investigation but we are still appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

“James’ family have said that they can’t comprehend what’s happened or understand why anyone would want to harm their son.

“The motive is still unclear so I ask anyone who knew James or has heard any conversations that might help explain what happened to get in touch.

“There will be people in the community who know or suspect why this has happened.

“Anyone with information can get in touch with my team directly or they can contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously.

“Callers won’t be asked for their names and calls can’t be traced…we just want information that can help us get justice for James and his family.”

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