Two schools and college campus closed after man injured in Wolverhampton shooting
A man in his 20s is recovering from gunshot wounds after shots were heard on a road near two schools and a college.
West Midlands Police have now launched an investigation into what they believe to be a 'targeted' attack in Wolverhampton.
The man was taken to hospital, where his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
As the probe commences extra officers will patrol the area to reassure the community this is an isolated firearms incident.
A blue tent can be seen within a cordon on Paget Road, with the street sealed off since the early hours of this morning (Friday 24 March).
A college campus and two schools have remained closed following the incident.
Police tape has also blocked the road off between Tettenhall Road and Clark Road, meaning the City of Wolverhampton College campus to close to both staff and students.
St Jude's CofE Primary Academy was also shut, according to a message on its website, while parents were informed of Wolverhampton Girls High School's closure at 8.30am.
In a statement, the force said: "We’re investigating after shots were fired at a car on Paget Road in Wolverhampton just after 9.30pm last night.
"A man in his 20s was found with gunshot wounds and taken to hospital, where his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
"We have a cordon in place for forensic examination and we’re exploring CCTV opportunities.
"We understand that incidents like this is alarming for local residents, but we do believe this was a targeted attack.
"We will have extra officers in the area to reassure the community and we would urge anyone with information who hasn’t yet spoken to us to contact us via Live Chat on our website quoting log 4791 of 23/3."
A spokesperson for the college said: "Unfortunately Paget Road campus will be closed today.
Students unable to attend lessons at Paget Road campus, please check your VLE area and Teams for update on work to complete from your tutors."
A message on the primary school's website said: "Unfortunately due to a serious police incident, St Jude’s will remain closed today. Online Learning will be available to all pupils from 10am."
Lessons for high school students will also be done online, according to a parent.West Midlands Police has yet to reveal details of the incident, which was believed to have happened at around midnight.
West Midlands Ambulance Service has also been approached for comment.