West Midlands Police have arrested two men and recovered a sawn-off shotgun after a car window was shot out in a Northfield street in the early hours of this morning (Saturday 30th December).
Cover image: Police recover what appears to be a loaded sawn-off shotgun from the scene | ©Snappersk
Armed police attended Overbury Road at around 2.30am after receiving a 999 call reporting hearing a gun shot.
After a short foot chase, officers caught up with and arrested a 23 year old man. A second man, aged 18, was arrested after being tracked down to a nearby tower block.
A sawn-off shotgun was found in the footwell of a damaged car at the scene. Forensic officers continue their investigations this morning and an area of Overbury Close remains cordoned off.
Both men remain in custody this morning, for questioning on suspicion of possessing a firearm.
Police have received no reports of any injuries.
Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Gareth Mason, said: “We had officers on the scene within a matter of minutes. One man was quickly detailed in the street and our quick-time enquiries led us to a flat in Shelley Tower where a teenager was also arrested.
“I’d like to thank members of the community for their assistance, both in making a swift 999 call that enabled us to get armed police on the scene quickly and helping them with their enquiries. It’s helped us seize an illegal firearm and make two arrests.”
Anyone with any information on this incident or other gun related crime in the area is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org