A man was shot dead in Birmingham last night in what was believed to be a grudge attack.
The victim, named by local residents as Busharat Ali and aged 23, was shot in the face in Lozells Road at about 8.30pm.
The road was sealed off as police combed the area and quizzed residents.
Locals said Mr Ali, a father-of-two, was locking up his grocery shop on Lozells Road when he was approached by a man and shot twice in the head and neck.
A man who claimed to be a friend of Mr Ali said his brother, known as "Shabba", was killed on the streets of Lozells two years ago.
He had spoken to the victim earlier in the day on his mobile, and Mr Ali was upset because his uncle in Kashmir had just died.
"He was a good family man," said the friend. "He bought the shop a few months ago and was just earning a living.
"The gunman had an argument with the previous owners and came back three or four times in recent weeks to continue the argument with Bash, and said he was going to sort him out. I heard from his family that he was dead. There has been too much violence around here."
Outside the family home nearby, about 30 family and friends gathered, some crying openly on the street.
The shooting came just a fortnight after 20 year-old Meschack Tsefar Bernard-Brown was shot dead in neighbouring Newtown.
No one from West Midlands Police was available for comment last night.