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

Solihull News - - FRONT PAGE - JANE TYLER jane. [email protected] 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

Neigh­bour Gaynor Bone­ham and po­lice at the scene in Dove­house Lane, Ol­ton

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