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Ladywood shooting: Man killed by 'masked men in drive-by'

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Image caption The man was shot in St Vincent Street West in Ladywood

A 23-year-old man was killed in what witnesses say was a "drive-by shooting by three balaclava-clad men".

The victim was shot in St Vincent Street West in the Ladywood area of Birmingham at about 17:00 BST on Tuesday.

Witnesses said they heard a succession of shots ring out from a car.

The man died at the scene and two other men, aged 19 and 20, are in hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

A primary school near the scene - St John's and St Peters CE Academy - has been closed.

Witnesses said a blue forensic tent was thought to be covering a car the victim was sat in before he was shot.

Another dark sheet could be seen next to a tree by a low wall 20m away from the tent, where it is thought the victim later collapsed.

No-one has been arrested and inquiries are ongoing, West Midlands Police said.

Image caption Extra patrols are being carried out in the area to reassure residents

One woman described how a vehicle pulled up next to the victim before "a succession of shots" rang out.

Marie Deehan said the victim was "never in trouble" and had a young baby, aged just "a few weeks old".

"A car came down the road and they had the window down and they started shooting," she added.

"The guy who got killed, he ran as if to jump the wall I was standing in front of. They were firing from the car, and they come out the driver's side.

"He ran towards the shops, towards the chemist and then he was down."

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the two injured men were not at the scene when paramedics arrived.

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