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Erdington shooting: Man shot dead in street

Church Road, Erdington Image copyright @AlexHaines
Image caption The ambulance service said it was called by a member of the public to Church Road

A man has been shot dead in a residential street.

The 28-year-old man, who has not yet been named, was killed at about 12:00 BST on Church Road in Erdington, Birmingham.

West Midlands Police said the man's family had been informed and a murder investigation was under way.

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an air ambulance and critical care car to the scene after being alerted by a member of the public, a spokesman said.

"On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man, who was in cardiac arrest," the spokesman added.

"Ambulance staff performed CPR and administered advanced life support on the man.

"However, sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene."

Image caption Ambulance crews found one patient in cardiac arrest, a spokesman said

Police said patrols in the area will be stepped up following the shooting.

Two tents have been erected that cover two cars that were believed to have been involved in the incident.

Supt Sarah Burton said she "fully understands the shock and concern of residents" and offered reassurance that "incidents like this are rare".

"We're doing all we can to find those responsible," she said.

Supt Burton said the attacker's motive remains unclear.

Image caption Police tents are covering two cars police believe were involved

One local resident told the BBC he felt "very frightened" after the shooting, particularly as he lives alone.

Erdington's MP, Jack Dromey (Labour), said there had been a problem of rising crime and the incident was "truly shocking".

"The sooner the individual who brutally slayed an innocent man is tracked down and brought before the courts, the better," he said.

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