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Man fights for life after double shooting in Handsworth street

2016-01-03 21:38:38

HandsworthPolice examine the scene on Regent Road, Handsworth, after double shooting

Two men were shot – leaving one fighting for his life – in a Birmingham street on Sunday afternoon.

Police said it happened in Regent Road, Handsworth, during “large disorder” at 4.30pm.

One of those shot was said to be in a critical condition.

The other suffered minor injuries and was in custody.

A second man was also arrested and was due to be questioned, West Midlands Police said.

Regent Road remained cordoned off on Sunday evening between the junctions of Sandwell Road and Farcroft Avenue.

Officers were stationed at either end of the cordon, with residents able to access their homes with police escorts.

A passer-by who witnessed the aftermath said: “I saw lots of police and a couple of ambulances.

“I asked people what happened.

“They said a guy stood behind another guy and shot him in the back.

“A shopkeeper called the police.”

Shah Ahmed, who works at a nearby Big John’s restaurant, said: “It was about 4.30pm and there were lots of police officers and an ambulance.

“I heard from some of the customers that someone had been injured but they did not say anything else.”

A worker from another nearby restaurant, who would not be named, said: “I was busy with my customers and they were saying there were a lot of police and ambulances.

“I heard someone was shot in the lower back.”

Two police cars left the scene at about 6.30pm.

Witnesses, or anyone with information should call Birmingham police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.

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