Man shot dead in Birmingham was playing football just moments before slaying

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SHOOTING: The 20-year-old victim was said to have been playing football (Pic: SWNS)

A 20-year-old victim at the heart of a murder investigation in Birmingham is said to have been playing football with his friends moments before a car pulled up alongside him and opened fire. 

West Midlands police have since launched a murder investigation into the death of the man who was killed on Groosemoor Lane in Erdington, Birmingham just before 7.30pm on Thursday. 

Referring to the killing as a “tragic waste,” Erdington MP, Mr Dromey said: “He was 20 years old, nearly 21.

“He had been in the street with some friends apparently playing football. 

“Three or four went off to the shop on the corner to get something there, and that left him and another friend. 

“A car pulled up and apparently from the window of the car, he was shot in the head with a shotgun. 

“His family are absolutely devastated over what has happened. 

“I say this with great regret, but the street is gripped with fear, with people talking about moving away.” 

Police

INVESTIGATION: Police have launched a murder investigation (Pic: GETTY)

“This was a heinous act of violence and my team have worked through the night to secure evidence from the scene and fast track our inquiries, but I need anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact us”

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths

Detectives have appeal for information on a “dark-coloured car” spotted at the scene and have urged those with dashcams on the usually quiet street to come forward. 

The young man is the third victim of gun crime in Birmingham this year and the second fatal shooting since April.

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths said: “Another young man has been robbed of his life and his family left devastated by his loss. 

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TRIBUTE: Some have paid tribute by laying flowers (Pic: SWNS)

“Officers are supporting them after such shocking news.

“This was a heinous act of violence and my team have worked through the night to secure evidence from the scene and fast track our inquiries, but I need anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact us. 

“We have extra officers in the area through today and into the weekend to offer reassurance to the local community.” 

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