A teenager is recovering in hospital after being gunned down in a Birmingham street that has seen four shootings in less than three years.
Raleigh Close in Handsworth was cordoned off by police on Tuesday lunchtime after the 17-year-old victim was repeatedly blasted as he stood in the front garden of a house.
Police officers administered first aid before the man was taken to hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening and he was yesterday in a “stable” condition.
Detectives were trying to establish a motive for the incident. The cul-de-sac of about 130 houses, less than half a mile from West Bromwich Albion’s Hawthorns ground, has been the scene of at least four shootings since October 2005.
The area around Raleigh Close is widely known for links to the notorious Burger Bar Boys street gang, although some people in the area say teenagers call themselves the Badder Badder Crew or the Raleigh Close Crew.
The incident comes less than a week after a man was blasted in the neck in Ladywood in a drive-by shooting.
Superintendent Jez Moore, from Thornhill Road police, said: “Officers will carry out house-to-house inquiries and are appealing for witnesses.
“Clearly there may be suggestions that the matter is retaliation to other incidents. We will take a mature view of that when we have gathered the full details.”
Two police tents could be seen erected in the front gardens of neighbouring homes and officers scoured the area for clues.
Three months ago, a 17-year-old was injured after being targeted by gunmen.
In August 2006, a number of shots were believed to have been fired from a car in the area, although there were no reports of anyone being injured.
In October 2005, a 35-year-old man was shot in the buttocks in the same street.
Witnesses can call police at Thornhill Road CID on 0845 113 5000 or the Crimestoppers hotline anonymously on 0800 555 111.