A 20-year-old man was in a critical condition in hospital last night following a shooting in Birmingham.

The incident took place at a video hire shop in Alum Rock Road, Washwood Heath, at 11pm on Saturday. A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said the man was injured "as a result of a discharge of a firearm".

She added: "He is currently in a critical but stable condition in hospital. An incident room has been set up at Queen's Road station and detectives are trying to establish a motive for the incident."

Some roads remained sealed off yesterday and access for cars and residents was restricted as police searched the area.

Members of the local interfaith Saltley Gate Peace Group, based at the Saltley Methodist Church - situated directly opposite the site of the shooting - visited the scene to speak to residents and the police.

Local parish priest Father Allan Townsend and Adam Yosef, chair of the peace group, met some of the residents. Mr Yosef said: "It's been quite a shock. Despite wider misconceptions, shootings in Saltley are very rare and this has shaken many.

"There has been quite a bit of disruption as residents have had to wait out in the cold as their front gardens and streets have been combed for evidence but the police have been very co-operative. This incident is not only a great tragedy for the victim and his family but a reminder that, despite the Government's battle against gun crime, there's still quite a distance to go before our streets are safe."

Anyone with information can call the incident room on 0845 113 5000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.