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Man shot outside Birmingham Rainbow nightclub dies

2013-08-20 00:50:49

Sylvester Koroma
Sylvester Koroma died after being shot outside the Rainbow nightclub

Detectives have launched a murder inquiry following the death of a dad shot outside a Birmingham nightclub.

Sylvester Koroma was gunned down outside The Rainbow pub in Digbeth during the Circo Loco techno house music event on Saturday, August 10.

The 35-year-old was in hospital being treated for serious injuries to his abdomen but died yesterday (18 August).

Sylvester, who was from Leicester, had been attending a club night at the Rainbow Warehouse prior to the attack at 11.47pm.

His family is being supported by specially trained liaison officers as detectives continue their investigation.

Sylvester Koroma
Police outside The Rainbow, in Digbeth

In a statement the family said: "Sylvester was a kind, gentle loving father, brother, son and friend.

"He was a very happy person, who always lit the room up with his smile. Sylvester always lived life to the fullest and was admired and respected by many. He warmed the hearts of anyone he knew and will be truly missed."

Two men were arrested at the scene following the incident, whilst a further man and a woman were arrested by detectives on Thursday in connection with the shooting. All four have been bailed with strict conditions while enquires continue.

DCI Sab Johal, from Force CID, is leading the police inquiry. He said: "We have spoken to several people who were at the nightclub and in the area of the shooting that fateful night, but we still believe there are many more who are yet to come forward.

"We want to speak to all those who were in attendance at the Rainbow Warehouse and who saw what happened in the lead up to Sylvester being shot.

"The motive for the shooting remains unclear but initial enquiries indicate this was a targeted attack.

"If we are to understand why this shooting occurred and bring those responsible before the courts, I need anyone who was in the area at the time and has not yet spoken to police to get in touch.

"I would like to reassure anyone who has worries of any sorts that stops them coming forward and speaking to the police, that we can support them in many ways to address those fears."

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 0121 626 7191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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