Birmingham shooting: Fresh witness appeal after boy, 13, shot in Hockley Circus

Police cordon off the scene in Hockley Circus, Birmingham, after a 13-year-old is in a critical condition after being shot in the back.
Police cordon off the scene in Hockley Circus, Birmingham, after a 13-year-old is in a critical condition after being shot in the back.

The teen suffered potentially life-changing injuries in the incident just before 7pm on Thursday

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A fresh appeal for witnesses has been launched after a 13-year-old boy was shot in the back in Birmingham.

The youngster suffered potentially life-changing injuries in the incident in Hockley Circus shortly before 7pm on Thursday.

He remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition, West Midlands Police said.

The force has released more information about the shooting, revealing the victim’s attackers were travelling in a black SUV-type vehicle.

It was spotted near entrance of Travis Perkins building supplies yard in South Road, travelling up Soho Hill and turning left before the shots were fired.

The police said the area was busy at the time and are urging witnesses who have yet to come forward to do so, and have also appealed to drivers to check dashcam footage.

Detective Chief Inspector John Askew said: “A young boy has been shot and my thoughts are with him and his family at this highly distressing time.

“We’re doing all we can to understand what happened and who was responsible.

“I’m sure you are equally as appalled as I am – so if you can help, please do get in touch.

“Violence like this on our streets is simply unacceptable – we’re committed to apprehending those responsible and recovering the weapon(s) from our streets.”

People can contact the force on 101 or give information anonymously online or by calling 0800 555111.