20th Oct, 2017

Suspected gunman who allegedly opened fire on motorist is arrested in Solihull

A MAN suspected of opening fire on a motorist with a shotgun has been arrested following a stop-check in Solihull on Monday (October 9).

Officers pulled over a car being driven suspiciously in Stratford Road, Shirley, at 9pm and arrested a 19-year-old after checks revealed he was wanted for a shooting in Small Heath on September 25.

And further enquiries led officers to an address in Stoke where an 18-year-old man was arrested in the early hours on Tuesday.

Both men are being questioned over the Lloyd Street shooting that saw a 60-year-old man blasted with a shotgun while behind the wheel of his car.

Detective Inspector Vanessa Eyles from West Midlands Police, said: “This was a fantastic piece of police work: officers had their suspicions over the car and their concerns were proved accurate as one of the men on board was wanted.

“We believe the shooting was a targeted attack following some kind of dispute; investigations remain ongoing and we are determined to bring the people responsible to justice. Anyone who discharges firearms illegally in public faces many years behind bars.”

The victim suffered shotgun discharge injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment before being discharged.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 2897 of September 25 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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