Two chil­dren are shot in just 24 hours in Mid­lands

The Mail on Sunday - - News - By Martin Beck­ford

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.

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