Three teenagers were shot and wounded during a large funeral in Hamstead Road, Birmingham, just after 6pm last night (Friday).

The shocking incident took place near a school and a church and police quickly closed the road while an investigation into the shootings was launched.

Emergency services flooded the scene of the shooting and a 19-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds, while two other 19-year-old male victims of the shooting attended hospital separately.

A cordon is still maintained at the scene today after detectives sealed off the area near St Mary’s Church Hall. A forensic search is underway and traffic is being diverted.

A police spokesman said: “We are investigating after the shooting in Hamstead Road, Lozells, just after 6pm on Friday. Officers attended and a 19-year-old man was treated by paramedics before being taken to the hospital.”

Investigators have been speaking to witnesses and are reviewing CCTV footage of the area, while additional police have been deployed to the area to reassure the shocked local community.

Detective Inspector Matt Underwood, of Force CID, said: “We understand that incidents of this nature are shocking and we are fully investigating all lines of inquiry.

“We have already spoken to a number of people who were on site, but we also urge anyone who can help us further with our queries to get in touch.”

Police have arrested an 18-year-old suspect on suspicion of possessing a knife following last night’s incident.

As investigations into the shooting continue, police are using the powers of Section 60 in parts of Birmingham tonight.

These powers will be used in Handsworth Wood, Perry Barr, Lozells, Handsworth, Winson Green, Nechells, Aston, Winson Green, and parts of the Jewelery Quarter.

The order gives police the power to stop and search people who officers suspect may be involved in violent acts with weapons.

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