27th Jun, 2022

Two teenagers arrested in murder probe after shooting in Hillfields, Coventry

Two teenagers have been arrested in early morning raids at addresses in Coventry today (March 14).

The police say a man, aged 19, and a 15-year-old boy were taken into custody and will be questioned about the murder of a 19-year-old man, who died from gunshot wounds to his back as he walked along Harnall Lane and into Adelaide Street in Hillfields just after 2.30pm yesterday.

West Midlands Police added: “The shots were fired from a black VW Golf R, with light coloured or silver wing mirrors and five spoke alloy wheels. A car was discovered burnt out in London Road yesterday evening and is believed to be the one used.

“Cordons are in place at both locations as forensic experts gather evidence and a post mortem examination will be conducted today.”

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths, from the force’s homicide unit, said: “We have made swift progress in our investigation leading to the arrests this morning, but we continue to ask the public for information.

“It is vital that anyone who saw what happened yesterday afternoon, and has not already spoken to us, does so. We are also asking for anyone who saw those responsible for setting fire to the car to come forward.

“My team are determined to bring to justice anyone involved in yesterday’s violence.

“It is abhorrent that these people think nothing of using a firearm in broad daylight on a residential street with a children’s nursery close by.”

Police added: “The shooting comes at a time when a tremendous amount of good work to tackle violence is taking place in this part of Coventry by the West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit which will see a range of initiatives put in place, with different organisations working together to improve safety in the area in the long term.

“For more information about this see: http://westmidlands-vru.org/violence-reduction-measures-to-be-rolled-ou…

The homicide team can be contacted via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime or ring Crimestoppers in complete confidence on 0800 555 111.”

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