Drinks company boss shot dead during robbery bid


A company boss has been shot dead during an attempted armed robbery.

Akhtar Javeed was fatally wounded during the shooting at Direct Source 3 Ltd in the Digbeth area of Birmingham, West Midlands Police said.

The 56-year-old was the director at the soft drinks distributor, and died in hospital shortly after police were called to the scene in Rea Street South at 6.40pm on Wednesday.

The suspects, who were said to have been two masked men, remain at large.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Martin Slevin said: "At this early stage we believe this was a targeted robbery attempt at the business premises in Rea Street South near to the junction with MacDonald Street.

"It happened at a time when other people may have been leaving work for the day and someone may have seen what happened or have important information about the suspects."

Police have asked witnesses to come forward and help identify the two suspects.