More than 60 murder squad detectives have been drafted in to the hunt for the killer of a man gunned down in a Birmingham street.
The 20-year-old victim, who has not been named, was found fatally wounded and slumped in the road in Uplands Street, Handsworth, at about 1pm on Sunday.
Passers-by discovered him lying under a car and first thought he was carrying out repairs to the vehicle. They raised the alarm after discovering he had received a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim was pronounced dead in hospital 45 minutes later.
Murder squad detectives said they were keeping an “open mind” over a motive for the killing but were investigating all possibilities, including whether it was gang-related or the result of some other fall-out. It is the first fatal shooting in Birmingham for eight months.
West Midlands Police said more than 60 detectives and experts from the Major Investigation Unit were working on the case, codenamed operation Linux.
The officer in charge of the investigation, Det Chief Insp Richard Baker, is understood to have met with the victim’s anguished mother yesterday afternoon. Specially-trained police family liaison officers were supporting her.
A post-mortem examination was also carried out yesterday afternoon.
The results have not yet been released but early indications are that the man died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the chest. Bullet fragments found at the scene have been sent to specialists at the Birmingham National Ballistics Intelligence Service firearm forensics lab for analysis.
Meanwhile, officers returned to the scene yesterday to conduct a further fingertip search for evidence, as well as trying to find footage from any CCTV cameras which may have captured crucial clues to the incident.
“Detectives from the Major Investigation Unit are trawling for vital clues after a man was shot dead in a city street on Sunday,” a force spokesman said.
“Officers are supporting the victim’s family but, as he has not yet been formally identified, they are not naming him at the moment. Early indications are that the man died as a result from a gunshot wound to the chest.
“The Major Investigation Unit, the specialist team of detectives who investigate serious crime and murder, has more than 60 detectives and experts working on the case. This is very early days in a major investigation and police are keeping an open mind as to the motive.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Major Investigation Unit on 0845 113 5000 or contact Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.