A huge police operation is underway after a 28-year-old man was shot dead in a city street.

The emergency services were called to Church Road, in Erdington , at midday where they found the victim.

A major police investigation is underway as forensic officers are on the scene gathering evidence.

Shocked residents have been in tears at the horrendous act which was carried out where they live.

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: "Police are currently on Church Road in Erdington following a fatal shooting just after midday this afternoon (Thursday 18 April).

Church Road, Erdington

"A 28-year-old man was shot and his family have been informed.

"Enquiries into the circumstances around the incident continue."

Police have not released any more details about the circumstances of the incident.

MP for Erdington, Jack Dromey, said: “The community of Erdington will be shocked by this tragic murder. My sympathy goes to the victim and the family.

I would urge anyone who knows the perpetrator of this evil act to come forward to the police immediately.”

   

West Midlands Ambulance spokesman said: “We were called at 12pm to an incident in Church Road, Erdington.

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We sent one ambulance, two paramedic officers, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car.

“Further details will follow.”

 

Councillor and Erdington resident Councillor Robert Alden said: “Are thoughts and prayers are with anyone effected by this incident.

“Erdington is a great place to live and work.

“We are a wonderful community here locally, this kind of event is rare.

"We will be working with are excellent local police in coming days and weeks, as we currently do, to ensure that these kind of incidents remain rare and Erdington remains a safe place to live and work”.

 

Fellow Erdington Councillor, Gareth Moore added “Thank you to the emergency services for their quick actions and on-going work.

“I urge anyone knowing anything about the incident or witnessing it to contact the police immediately to pass on the details”.

Julie Lawrence wrote: “How sad. Such a shame Erdington is becoming so bad. It was a smashing place to grow up in years back.

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Tammy Lawrie said: “ I live a few doors down still sealed off!

“How horrible and in broad day light as well.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via Live Chat at  http://west-midlands.police.uk   between 8am and midnight, or call 101 anytime quoting log number 979 of 18 April. Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.