West Midlands Police today revealed that detectives investigating the murder of Rubery man Leon Robinson, aged 33, believe the shooting was a targeted attack.
Leon’s body was discovered on Thursday 18 November at a disused commercial property on Foundry Lane, Smethwick and a post mortem found that he died from a gun shot wound to the head. He had been missing since November 7th, with West Midlands Police releasing an missing persons appeal on November 13th.
Acting Chief Inspector Wayne Jones, lead investigator on operation Blue Mountain, said: “We believe Leon’s murder was not a mistake. We also believe Leon was not alone when he was shot.
“Leon or someone he was with was targeted by whoever committed his murder.
“We need the people who were with Leon when he was murdered to come forward and speak to us to help us find whoever is responsible.
“We understand they maybe scared however there are a range of measures we can take to protect the identity of witnesses.
“West Midlands Police have a proven track record in protecting those who wish to give information anonymously.”
Forensic enquiries suggest Leon was shot at the location where his body was found.
Officers were at Foundry Lane this morning (Nov 25) one week on since Leon’s body was found, speaking to people in the area and stopping cars in an attempt to collate new information to help with the investigation.
Leon, who was locally known as Bucky, was reported missing by his family on Sunday 7 November. He was well known in both Rubery and the Sandwell area.
Anyone with any information about Leon’s whereabouts since 7 November or information about what happened to him is urged to contact the Operation Blue Mountain incident room at Harborne police station on 0345 113 5000.
Or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Information given through Crimestoppers is treated in the strictest of confidence.
- Murder probe into man’s shooting (bbc.co.uk)