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22 July 2018, 06:26
Armed police are patrolling Wolverhampton this weekend as patrols are stepped up in the wake of the fatal shooting.
A murder inquiry's underway after a man was shot in Valley Road in Park Village at around 9.10pm on Friday night.
Minutes later, officers were made aware that someone with serious injuries had been driven to nearby New Cross Hospital.
Contrary to some social media reports, the incident did not happen at New Cross Hospital and the hospital is open as normal today.
The victim, who has not yet been formally identified but is believed to in his 20s, died in Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital at around 2am.
A post-mortem will take place tomorrow. His family is being supported by specially trained officers.
The investigation is in its early stages and officers are carrying out house-to-house enquiries.
Extra uniformed officers are working alongside firearms teams to patrol the city over the weekend.
Chief Superintendent Jayne Meir, in charge of policing in Wolverhampton, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim, and they can be assured that we will work tirelessly to bring whoever was responsible for last night’s shooting to justice.
“I fully understand that impact that this and other violent crimes that have happened in Wolverhampton in recent weeks have on the city and those who live and work here.
“It’s too early to say if it is linked to any other incidents, and we are keeping an open mind.
“People can expect to see extra officers out on patrol around parts of the city over the next few days, and I’d urge anyone with concerns or information to stop and speak to them.”
Contact the Homicide team on 101, quoting log 2914 of 20 July.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.