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Arrest after teenager shot in Birmingham's Bullring

Part of Bullring cordoned off after shooting
Bullring managers said they expected Sunday to be one of its busiest days of the year

A man has been arrested after a teenager was shot in the leg in Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre.

Police said armed officers were called to reports of an incident involving a gun at about 1420 GMT.

A 19-year-old man was found with the gunshot injury close to Selfridges, inside the 160-store complex.

A 26-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and was receiving hospital treatment for facial injuries, a police spokesman added.

Earlier the Bullring's managers had said they expected more than 180,000 people to pass through its doors on Sunday in search of Boxing Day sales bargains.

'Refused treatment'

Thousands of shoppers were waiting outside the centre ahead of it opening on Sunday, with 25,000 inside by noon, the centre's managers said.

Police said a number of areas had been cordoned off both inside and outside the shopping centre while the investigation continued.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said crews found the teenager being treated by security staff for a wound to the upper leg.

"The man, believed to be 19 years old, received further treatment at the scene by ambulance staff and was transferred by ambulance to hospital for further emergency treatment," a spokesman said.

"A second man, who was also in the vicinity of the Bullring shopping centre, but in a different location, was found with facial injuries.

"Despite ambulance staff advice, the man refused any treatment for his injuries. The man was left with the police at the scene."

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police.

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