Pair attacked with gun and machete after car chase as children play in Birmingham street

A gunman opened fire in a residential street where children were playing in a third night of violence on the streets of Birmingham.

A man also suffered machete wounds in the latest attack, which West Midlands Police described as "truly outrageous".

A car chase in Washwood Heath Road on Friday evening (August, 9) involving a VW Golf and a blue BMW ended in the BMW crashing into a wall by Silver Birch Close in Saltley at around 6.40pm.

The two occupants were attacked with a shotgun and a machete.

Neither suffered life-threatening injuries.

The attack comes a day after a fatal drive-by shooting in another part of the city in Erdington.

James Teer, 20, was fatally shot in Goosemoor Lane, while playing football with friends just yards where he lived with his parents on Thursday night.

West Midlands Police said the two attacks were not thought to be linked.

On Wednesday evening police were called to Hall Hays Road in Shard End after receiving a report of shots fired from a car just before 6:30pm. No injuries were reported but bullet and shell was recovered from the scene.

The two occupants were attacked with a shotgun and a machete after it crashed in Silver Birch Close in Saltley on Friday evening. Credit: SnapperSK

During the Saltley incident, two men wearing face coverings got out of the VW and one fired a shotgun at a 23-year-old man who was in the BMW while the other attacked a second occupant, also 23, with a machete, leaving him with cuts to his legs.

The machete victim remained in hospital on Saturday while the second victim escaped with a minor graze from a shotgun pellet and was discharged from hospital but arrested on suspicion of also possessing a firearm.

Police are now hunting the attackers, who made off in the VW, and havedescribed the attack as a "truly outrageous incident which concluded in aBirmingham cul-de-sac where young children were outside playing".

In a statement, West Midland Police said:

It's very fortunate innocent people, including children, were not injured. We believe this was a targeted attack between rival groups. As a result of the incident we extended our Section 60 powers - which give us increased authority to stop and search people - to cover Washwood Heath last night. It's simply not acceptable for people to engage in this level of violence in residential streets and we all need to work together to catch those responsible and send out a message that our communities won't tolerate this."

West Midlands Police

Officers are asking anyone who has any information about who was responsible for last night's or saw the VW Golf leaving the scene to contact them on 101, quoting log number 2170, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.