Police have appealed for calm between rival Birmingham gangs after a 24-year-old man was shot dead at the weekend.
Dimitri Foskin was shot in the chest in a driveway outside a house in Newtown at 10.15pm on Saturday. He died in hospital.
Chief Superintendent Mick Treble appealed for calm between rival gangs. He said: “I would like to appeal for calm in the sense that a life has been wasted and if there is tension within the community then people need to talk to the police.
"We are aware of gang rivalries. When there is a shooting in Birmingham tensions between gangs do arise and as part of keeping an open mind, if this does end up being part of a gang dispute, then we would appeal for calm.”
"We are aware there is tension between rival gangs. I am not saying Mr Foskin was in gangs at all. We have to enable young people to come together and resolve their differences.”
Mr Foskin was unemployed and lived with his mother close to where he was shot in Hockley Close. Police said he had been socialising with friends and cousins shortly before he was shot once in the chest. It is thought he had visited a number of houses in and around Hockley Close in a group of three, police said. But shortly before he was shot, he left one of the properties alone.
Chief Supt Treble said they did not yet have a motive for the attack. Nobody has been arrested but police want to speak to anyone who saw or spoke to Mr Foskin.
He added: “We are very much alive to the intelligence that comes from the community itself and we have put extra resources on the ground. We have put on high visibility patrols and that does include armed patrols.
Saturday’s fatal shooting is the third in the Newtown area in less than a year.
On March 18 Nehemiah Bryce, aged 27, of Winson Green, was shot in Rodway Close, Newtown, just a few hundred yards from the scene of last night’s shooting.
On December 23 last year Assar Joseph Mohammed Tomlinson was shot dead during a row outside the King Of The Road pub in Hospital Street, Newtown.
Mr Foskin’s death comes as police said they had asked 26 nightclubs in Birmingham to close at 4am over the Bank Holiday weekend in an effort to help them deal with gun crime in the city.
The Sunday Mercury reported there was a new conflict emerging between young gang members of the Burger Bar Boys and the Johnson Crew.
Last weekend Matthew Sutherland, 29, was stabbed to death outside the city’s Q Club in an attack that was reportedly gang-related.
In an alleged revenge attack a woman was shot in the arm and a man in the stomach outside an Irish club in the city.
A 26-year-old woman who knew Mr Foskin said: “He was lovely, funny and gentle. I have no idea why somebody would want to do something like this.
“He was caring and laid-back and he had a very close family. He was a family boy. The people who have done this can run, but they can’t hide, and, hopefully, justice will be done.
* Police have launched a murder inquiry after a 21-year-old man died from serious injuries in Wolverhampton.
Parts of the centre of Wolverhampton were cordoned off after the man was found with serious injuries at 4am on Sunday. He was taken to New Cross hospital where he later died.