Shooting Outside Birmingham Nightclub
11 August 2013, 12:19
A major police investigation has been launched after a man was shot outside a Birmingham club on Saturday the 10th of August.
The 35-year-old was shot in the stomach outside the Rainbow Warehouse on Digbeth High Street shortly before midnight.
Local officers supported by firearms teams, the force helicopter, police dogs and detectives from Force CID immediately responded after being alerted at 11.47pm.
The man was given first aid at the scene and transported to hospital where he remains in a critical condition. His injuries are life-threatening and family have been informed.
Detective Inspector Justin Spanner, from Force CID, is leading the investigation. "This is a very serious crime which must have been very frightening for clubbers to witness," he said.
"Resources from a range of West Midlands Police departments responded to the initial call and we continue to make use of their expertise as the investigation moves forward.
"The motive for the attack remains unclear but initial enquiries indicate this was a targeted attack and that the gunman escaped on foot.... We've been working hard to reduce gun crime across the region but crimes like this - not matter how rare they are - tarnish Birmingham's reputation as a great place to enjoy a fantastic night out.
"If we are to understand why this shooting occurred and bring those responsible before the courts, I need anyone who was in the area at the time and has not yet spoken to police to get in touch."
Witnesses have been spoken with and work to identify the offender is ongoing. Officers and forensic teams currently remain at the club.
Today, Adderley Street and surrounding roads are closed while detailed searches of the area are completed. Roads are likely to remain closed for some time. Drivers and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area area to prevent disruption to their journeys.
Following the shooting, the venue and organisers of events scheduled to take place this afternoon and this evening have made the decision to cancel. Those with tickets are advised to contact the venue or organisers for information.
DI Spanner added: "I routinely work with witnesses who feel vulnerable and West Midlands Police has a range of measures in place to support them. People who are worried about getting in touch needn't be."
Anyone with information which may aid DI Spanner's investigation should call 101. Alternatively, people who do not want to speak with police officers directly can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.