Two children are shot in just 24 hours in Midlands
TWO children have been shot in separate incidents in just over 24 hours.
An eight-year-old boy was caught in the crossfire during a disturbance outside a birthday party late on Friday night.
He was hit in the arm, reportedly by shotgun pellets, while his stepfather, 30, was shot in the chest as the pair investigated the commotion outside Bilston & District Labour Club in Bilston, near Wolverhampton.
They were taken to hospital but are due to be discharged.
Detective Sergeant Chris Jones, of West Midlands Police, said: ‘We’re still trying to establish the motive for the shooting, but at this time we don’t believe that either were the intended targets.’
On Thursday evening, a 15-year-old girl was shot in a ‘targeted’ incident 20 miles away.
She and a 36-year-old woman were shot in a residential street in Sheldon, east of Birmingham, at about 9.40pm. They were taken to hospital but only suffered minor injuries.
Police said: ‘Enquiries are ongoing. However at this stage the incident is believed to have been targeted.’
Latest figures show that violent crime soared by 18 per cent in the year to March across the West Midlands.