Update via West Midlands Police 1900hrs 30/4/17
A man is in hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm after an incident in Bartley Green this afternoon.
West Midlands Police were called to Parkside, near the junction with Clapgate Lane, at around 4.15pm to a report of gunshots heard.
Armed officers responded within minutes and found two vehicles abandoned in the street. A VW Golf – with apparent bullet holes to the windscreen – and a Vauxhall Corsa have been recovered for forensic examination, along with a third vehicle from the scene. Officers conducted a fingertip search of the area while forensic experts examined the scene.
Police believe that three offenders fled the scene on foot and efforts are ongoing to trace them.
West Midlands Police said: “A 29-year-old man later presented himself to hospital with a gunshot wound to his arm – his injury is not life threatening. It’s understood the man was walking in Parkside at the time of the incident and that he was deliberately targeted.”
A police spokeswoman told the Birmingham Mail that a later incident in Weoley Castle Square which saw a 16 year old lad arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm, and a pellet gun incident in Quinton, were unrelated to the Woodgate shooting. Read more in Birmingham Mail
Anyone with information or witnesses are urged to call West Midlands Police Force CID at Bournville Lane police station on the 101 number. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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Part of Clapgate Lane and Parkside in the Woodgate Valley area of Bartley Green are currently CLOSED due to an ongoing police incident.
Parkside was closed by police just before 5pm. Residents have reported hearing gunshots.
Please avoid the area and we will provide updates as available.
Update from the scene shows cars collided in Parkside. One car seemingly has gunshots in the windscreen.