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'Walk for Peace' planned for Handsworth after spate of gun crime

2015-12-10 14:24:45

Police carThe scene on Lozells Rd, Handsworth following a shooting on the road last night (December 7).

The people of Handsworth were yesterday urged to unite in a peace march against gun crime.

It is hoped that hundreds will turn out in a Walk for Peace on Saturday afternoon.

It will begin in Lozells Road just yards from where a 19-year-old was gunned down in a drive-by shooting.

The incident on Monday night, was the latest in a spate of shootings in the area.

It left the unnamed victim with back and leg injuries.

He remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Some similar peace walks have already taken place and others are planned.

Community activist, Desmond Jaddoo, urged people to support Saturday’s Walk For Peace at 3pm saying it was important people of all backgrounds and faiths showed unity.

“People in the community have been left shocked after yet another incident of gun crime in the area,” he said.

“This will be our fourth walk. This latest shooting took place just yards away from St Silas Church where we are holding the walk on Saturday.

“I would urge the whole community to unite and come along to the walk.

“There will be one each week until January 2 where a community concert will be staged at Assemblies Of The First Born Church on Lozells Road at 5.30pm.

“Many years ago gun crime was a major issue and after going quiet for a while the incidents in LozellsAston and Great Hampton Row and the one this week on Lozells Road have reminded us that guns are still a threat.

“There needs to be an improved relationship between local people and the authorities.

“There are various tensions in our city: racial tensions, social tensions, economic tensions - they all need to be addressed.”

Monday night’s shooting is the latest in a string of similar incidents to rock Birmingham in recent weeks.

Six shootings are known to have taken place between October 2 and November 2.

On October 2 a ‘targeted attack’ in Balsall Heath saw one gunman hunt down his target and shoot him in the back.

Then, on October 8, 19-year-old student Connor Smith was shot dead and left in a Kings Norton street.

Two days later bullets were sprayed through the open doors of a Costcutter convenience store leaving four men with leg wounds.

Less than a week passed before a 32-year-old man was left with gunshot wounds to his leg and buttock in Falcon Lodge, Sutton Coldfield.

On October 30 Derek Junior Myers, aged 25, known to friends as Trench, was shot dead in Soho Hill, on the border of Hockley and Handsworth. Another victim was also injured in the attack and left in critical condition.

And on November 2 a man and a woman suffered gunshot wounds to their legs in a violent attack in an Erdington cul-de-sac.

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