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Birmingham pub shooting: 'Mistaken identity' say police

2013-05-13 19:27:39

A father shot dead in a Birmingham pub was a victim of mistaken identity, police have confirmed.

Marlon O'Reilly, 33, was shot at the Dove Cote pub in Cockshut Hill, Sheldon, where he had been drinking with friends on Friday evening.

West Midlands Police said Mr O'Reilly may have been shot because of the T-shirt he was wearing.

Several shots were fired and he was pronounced dead at the scene, a force spokesman.

Appealing for information, cousin Hayley O'Reilly said it was "a mindless act".

She said: "They were after somebody who was wearing the same T-shirt as Marlon and that's why Marlon was murdered.

"The person needs to be brought to justice.

"For his mum's sake I ask that anybody who knows anything to help the police, who have been so helpful to us as a family and given us so much comfort at this time."

'A true gent'

A large area around the pub was cordoned off until Saturday afternoon.

Bunches of flowers from friends and loved ones were left outside the pub.

A card on one read: "Marlon, you will never be forgotten, always in our hearts and thoughts."

Another said: "Goodnight, God bless" with one mourner addressing their card: "To 'my brother' Marlon".

A solitary black balloon left at the scene displayed the words "A true gent - RIP".

Insp Derek Packham said: "We are currently investigating a number of lines of inquiry and have conducted house to house, forensic searches of the scene and continue to trawl CCTV for clues, but we still need people to come forward."

Specially trained officers continue to offer support to the family, police said.

Ch Supt Alex Murray said: "This would have been a shocking incident for witnesses and will have a huge impact on the local community.

"I want to reassure residents that we are working hard to find the person responsible for this attack and are following a number of lines of inquiry at this early stage."

Source: bbc.co.uk

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