West Midlands Police have launched a large-scale investigation after four men were seriously injured in three separate shootings in Birmingham last night (Thursday 19 November).
Detectives are in the early stages of investigations, but they do not currently believe that any of the shootings are linked to one incident.
In one incident, a 36-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the head as he walked in Vaughton Street, about 5.45 pm yesterday (Thursday 19 November).
He is currently being treated in hospital, and his injury is believed to be life-changing but not, at this stage, life-threatening.
In another incident, two men, aged 35 and 22, were injured when shots were fired at a car in Ventnor Avenue, Aston at around 22:00 hours.
Both victims are being treated in hospital and are in a serious but stable condition.
West Midlands Police said that there were further reports of shots fired in Hamstead Road, Lozells just after 22:00 hours. A 27-year-old man was wounded, and he also is in a stable condition in hospital today (Friday 20 November).
All three roads were sealed off as WMP conducted forensic examinations. Officers are also carrying out house-to-house enquiries and are examining hundreds of hours of CCTV footage from all three scenes.
Patrols have been stepped up across the areas as a precaution. West Midlands Police said that these patrols would continue into the weekend to reassure residents.
Chief Inspector Pervez Mohammed, from Birmingham Police, said: “There is no place for violent acts such as these on our streets and behaviour like this will not be tolerated.
“We are doing all we can to understand the circumstances, find those responsible and take robust action against those who think it’s acceptable to carry weapons on our streets.
“We will continue to work tirelessly with partners and local people to tackle the harm and misery such actions cause to families and the wider community.”
Anyone with any information can contact WMP via live chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk , or call 101. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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