A gunman in a triple shooting in Birmingham fired at mourners on their way to a wake, locals claimed today. Sources close to Hamstead Road, Handsworth, relived the horror at around 6pm last night (Friday 24th February).

A community source told BirminghamLive that the violence broke out early in the evening during a wake. They asked not to be named but said crowds had gathered after a funeral.

They claimed the gunmen drove up in a car before firing shots as mourners looked on in terror. The source described hearing sirens and seeing flashing blue lights a short time later.

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West Midlands Police and paramedics were alerted to the scene near St Mary’s Church and discovered a 19-year-old man with gunshot wounds. A short time later, two other men, both 19, entered A&E with gunshot wounds.

Police said a 19-year-old man was treated by paramedics for a gunshot wound to the leg before being taken to hospital. They said of the other two men: one suffered a foot injury and the second, a chest injury.

Two men remain in hospital in stable condition today, while the third, with the foot injury, has been released. An 18-year-old man arrested nearby last night on suspicion of possession of a knife, remains in police custody.


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