Man shot dead during warehouse robbery bid named


A man shot dead during an attempted warehouse robbery has been named by police.

Akhtar Javeed, 56, was fatally wounded during the shooting at soft drinks distributor Direct Source 3 Ltd in the Digbeth area of Birmingham, West Midlands Police said.

Response officers were called to the building in Rea Street South just before 6.40pm on Wednesday after receiving reports that masked men were robbing the premises. It is believed two were involved in the incident and 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."

The victim was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

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