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Extra police patrols in Wolverhampton after 6-year-old boy is injured in shooting

Police are investigating after a 6-year-old boy was injured during a shooting in Wolverhampton Credit: PA

Police are investigating after a 6-year-old boy was injured during a shooting in Wolverhampton yesterday afternoon (Friday 19 April).

A group of men allegedly fired shots at a house in Ashbourne Road in the Eastfield area of the city. A six-year-old boy, thought to be inside the house at the time, sustained injuries to his back and hand which aren’t thought to be life-threatening.

West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Rod Rose, said: "This was a shocking incident where someone has opened fire with a shotgun in the middle of the day. A child has been injured and we need to establish exactly what has happened."

"The motive of this attack is not clear at this stage, but it’s clearly a hugely reckless act and we need to identify those responsible as soon as possible. We have extra officers, including armed officers, in the area as we’ve increased patrols to support and reassure the community during this concerning time."

– Det Insp Rod Rose, West Midlands Police

Police say they're doing all they can to find the offenders and CCTV is being examined. If anyone was in the area at the time and saw what happened they are urged to contact the police.

Anyone with information can contact West Midlands Police on 101 or Live Chat via WMP Online between 8am and midnight. Alternatively people can call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111; callers won’t be asked for their names and calls cannot be traced. Please quote log number 1591 of 19 April.