Birmingham teenager shot in the leg in a 'targeted attack'


A man has been shot in the leg in what police are treating as a "targeted attack". The 18-year-old victim was found wounded in Thorp Street in Birmingham near the city centre Chinese Quarter just after 4am.

West Midlands Police said that the man is in a stable condition in hospital and the injuries not life threatening, but the incident has still been a disturbing one.

This was by no means the only incident reported in Birmingham this bank holiday weekend. On Friday night, police were called to reports of a gunshot in the Lozells area of the city.

(Anthony Devlin/PA)

In January, West Midlands' chief constable David Thompson said that shootings were happening in Birmingham with "concerning regularity".

Two months ago, in an update to the force's police and crime board, Thompson said the problem had "not gone away" despite a crackdown, and several high-profile convictions through the courts. "This challenge will be with us for a long time to come," he said.

A new gun and gang commission was set up at the start of the year with the backing of the police and crime commissioner David Jamieson.

Kenichi Phillips (West Midlands Police/PA)

Despite these new measures, gun crime persists. In March, 18-year-old Kenichi Phillips became the fourth person to be shot dead in Birmingham inside just six months.