A man was fighting for his life in hospital last night and two other people were badly injured after two separate shootings in Birmingham.
Police sealed off a road in Handsworth yesterday evening after two men were gunned down outside a pub near to two schools.
The shooting happened outside The Woodbine in Grove Lane at about 3.30pm.
Eyewitnesses said children from the nearby Grove Lane Primary School were leaving when the attack happened. The pub is also close to Handsworth Grammar School.
One man was in a critical condition in hospital with a gunshot wound to his stomach. Another man was described as "stable" after suffering a leg injury.
It is believed the attacker or attackers drove up to the pub and became involved in an argument with the two victims before shots were fired. The attackers fled on foot.
Saheed Ashraf, who works in the nearby SK&MA grocers, said: "I heard two shots but I didn't see the gun being fired.
"Kids were leaving the primary school and there was a bit of a panic, with people rushing away from the area."
West Midlands Police last night said detectives were keeping an "open mind" on the motive for the shooting.
Meanwhile, a security guard was shot in the leg outside a bank in Sutton Coldfield yesterday.
Police said the man suffered a single wound to the leg outside the Lloyds TSB branch in Birmingham Road, near Sutton Coldfield town centre, shortly before 11am.
He was taken to hospital for treatment but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "Initial investigations suggest that two offenders, both believed to be black men, approached the guard by his van after he had made a delivery to the Lloyds TSB on Birmingham Road. They made threats before shots were fired from a handgun."
It is not yet clear if anything was stolen.
The men are believed to have been seen getting into a silver car and driving off in the direction of Kingstanding. Birmingham Road was cordoned off for forensic examination.