Solihull News


Police issue CCTV image of man they would like to speak to

- JANE TYLER jane. tyler@ reachplc. com

A MUM- OF- TWO shot in her home was the victim of a “targeted attack”, police said.

Detectives issued CCTV footage showing a man officers want to speak to about Tuesday’s horrific incident in Solihull.

The 51- year- old mother- oftwo was shot in the shoulder and hand at her home in Dovehouse Lane at around 8.30am.

She was taken to hospital where she remains in a stable condition.

Police patrols have been stepped up in the area.

Det Insp Stuart Bell, of West Midlands Police force CID, said: “Investigat­ions remain underway today to establish the circumstan­ces around what hap- pened. At this stage we do believe this to be a targeted attack but the motive remains unclear.

“However, we can confirm that nothing was taken.”

Mr Bell said officers also wanted to hear from drivers who may be able to help.

“I am keen to hear from anyone who was in and around the area between 8.30am and 9am particular­ly drivers who may have dashcam footage,” he said. “Local officers continue to patrol the area to offer reassuranc­e to residents and the wider community.

“We are determined to catch whoever was responsibl­e and a dedicated team of detectives are working on the case.

“I would urge anyone with informatio­n that could assist us to make contact as soon as possible.”

Anyone with informatio­n can contact police on Live Chat at west- midlands. police. uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 any time, or contact Crimestopp­ers anonymousl­y on 0800 555 111 quoting log number 527 18/ 12.

A NEIGHBOUR has described the terrifying moment a Solihull woman gunshot victim pounded on her front door desperate for help.

The 51- year- old victim was blasted in the shoulder just before 9am on Tuesday at an address in Dovehouse Lane, Olton.

Now, it has been revealed that she desperatel­y tried to seek help and was assisted by people living in the street.

Gaynor Boneham, 63, was at home just before 9am when she heard a “pounding of bang, bang, bang” on her front door.

“It was the neighbour and she was crying that she had been shot,” she said. “She was crying in pain. She wanted her husband. She said to ring him. Every time she moved, she screamed in pain.

“She was bleeding from her hand, but she had been shot through her shoulder. I was hugging her because she was frightened.

“My husband said ‘ Dial 999’. He put her hand under the tap to clean the blood away, but the lady on 999 said to put a clean cloth on it and press.”

Gaynor managed to call the victim’s husband, who was dropping their sons off at school.

“She wanted me to come with her in the ambulance, but they wouldn’t let me,” she added. “I felt terrible not going with her – she was crying my name.

“But as the ambulance went, her husband came and I told him she was in the QE.”

Gaynor said the victim is a “lovely” housewife.

“She’s friendly, the sort of warm neighbour people would be pleased to have,” she added. “She cooked us pakoras and samosas on Saturday and brought them round.”

Police have been combing the street for evidence at the scene near the giant Jaguar Land Rover factory in Lode Lane.

West Midlands Police said on Tuesday: “Police are investigat­ing after a woman was shot in the shoulder at a house on Dovehouse Lane in Solihull.

“The woman has been taken to hospital in a serious condition.

“The incident was reported at 8.49am on December 18. No arrests have been made, but officers believe this is an isolated incident.

“Our main priority is the safety and security of the public. Specialist officers are in the area and local schools have been advised accordingl­y.”

 ??  ?? The man wanted for questionin­g by police and ( inset) police at the scene in Dovehouse Lane, Olton
The man wanted for questionin­g by police and ( inset) police at the scene in Dovehouse Lane, Olton
 ??  ?? Neighbour Gaynor Boneham and police at the scene in Dovehouse Lane, Olton
Neighbour Gaynor Boneham and police at the scene in Dovehouse Lane, Olton

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