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Gunmen on the run after shooting dead grandfather

Two gunmen are still on the run after shooting dead a grandfather during a raid on his business.

Akhtar Javeed, 56, was shot in the head during the attempted robbery on his business in Birmingham.

Detectives say the warehouse was "specifically targeted".

ITV News Correspondent Ben Chapman reports:

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Pictures released of victim in Digbeth shooting

56-year-old Digbeth murder victim Akhtar Javeed Credit: BPM Media

These are the first pictures of 56-year-old Digbeth murder victim Akhtar Javeed.

Murder detectives are hunting a pair of armed robbers who shot dead Mr Javeed during a robbery in Digbeth, Birmingham, last night.

56-year-old Digbeth murder victim Akhtar Javeed Credit: BPM Media
56-year-old Digbeth murder victim Akhtar Javeed Credit: BPM Media

Officers were called to soft drinks distributor Direct Source 3 Ltd, at 66 Rea Street South, just before 6.40pm, after receiving reports that several masked men were robbing the premises.

56-year-old Digbeth murder victim Akhtar Javeed Credit: BPM Media
56-year-old Digbeth murder victim Akhtar Javeed

Mr Javeed was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Murder suspects on the run after company boss shooting

Two murder suspects are on the run after a company boss was shot dead during a "targeted" armed robbery bid in Birmingham, police said.

Akhtar Javeed, director of soft drinks distributor Direct Source 3 Ltd in Digbeth, was found fatally wounded in the street following the shooting at his premises Direct Source 3 Ltd in the Digbeth area of Birmingham.

West Midlands Police have launched a murder inquiry after Mr Javeed died in hospital following the attack.

The suspects, who were said to have been two masked men, remain at large and are believed to have used a getaway vehicle.

Speaking at the scene Chief Superintendent Andy Parsons confirmed the alleged gunmen had sought out Mr Javeed's business specifically.

It's early stages of the investigation but at this moment in time we believe this was a targeted attack at Mr Javeed's premises and the purpose of that attack was a robbery.

There were a number of staff members in the premises at the time. We are working with them this morning both in terms of trying to understand what they can offer in terms of evidence but also offering support because, as you can imagine, it was a hugely traumatic incident.

We don't understand what was the motive of that attempted robbery. But everything we understand at this moment in time indicates it was very specifically aimed towards Mr Javeed's premises.

– Chief Superintendent Andy Parsons
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Video: Digbeth crime scene after man shot dead

56-year-old Akhtar Javeed has been named as the man shot dead in Digbeth last night.

My Javeed suffered a gunshot wound and despite being taken to hospital by paramedics, he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Murder detectives are hunting a pair of armed robbers and the area is currently cordoned off.

The scene in Digbeth Credit: ITV News Central
The scene in Digbeth Credit: ITV News Central
The scene in Digbeth Credit: ITV News Central

There is also video footage of the area showing where the incident took place and what areas police have sealed off.

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Leicester complete deal for Birmingham forward

Leicester have moved quickly in the January transfer window to snap up forward Demarai Gray from Birmingham for an undisclosed fee.

Gray has joined Leicester. Credit: PA

The January transfer window only opened on Saturday but Leicester - second in the Barclays Premier League, two points behind leaders Arsenal - have moved quickly to follow up their summer interest in the highly-rated 19-year-old.

Gray has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year contract at the King Power Stadium.

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