WEST Midlands Police has launched an investigation after a child was injured after shots were fired at a house in Wolverhampton just before 1600 BST this afternoon (Friday 19 April).
The report comes just over 24 hours after we reported that a murder investigation had been launched after a man was shot dead on an Erdington Street, making us question how safe we feel.
Violent Crime in the Midlands is on the increase. According to UK Crime Stats, in February 2019 there 7,008 violent crimes in the West Midlands Police area compared to 5,100 in February 2018. In the Staffordshire Police force area there was 2,596 violent crimes in February 2019, compared to 2,328 in February 2018.
It’s understood that durng the Wolverhampton incident, a group of men fired shots at a house in Ashbourne Road in the Eastfield area of the city.
A six-year-old boy, thought to be inside the house at the time, sustained injuries to his back and hand which fortunately aren’t thought to be life-threatening.
West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Rod Rose, said: “This was a shocking incident where someone has opened fire with a shotgun in the middle of the day. A child has been injured and we need to establish exactly what has happened.
“The motive of this attack is not clear at this stage, but it’s clearly a hugely reckless act and we need to identify those responsible as soon as possible.
“We have extra officers, including armed officers, in the area as we’ve increased patrols to support and reassure the community during this concerning time.
“We’re doing all we can to find the offenders and as part of our investigation, CCTV is being examined and witnesses are being spoken to. If anyone was in the area at the time and saw what happened I would urge them to get in touch.”
Anyone with information can contact West Midlands Police on 101 or Live Chat via WMP Online between 8am and midnight.
Alternatively people can call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111; callers won’t be asked for their names and calls cannot be traced. Please quote log number 1591 of 19 April.