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  • 4 July 2014, 0:58

Man Shot Dead In 'Inhumane' Birmingham Attack

A man has been shot dead as he walked along a Birmingham street in what local people described as a "heinous" and "inhumane" attack.

The 32-year-old was gunned down in the Sparkbrook area of the city at around 7.30pm on Wednesday.

Two other men were taken to hospital - one with a gunshot wound and another with a slash across his body.

Armed police were called to the area by horrified residents, one of whom described how people rushed from their homes to help after hearing gunfire.

Syed Shah told the Birmingham Mail: "There were two shots, 30 seconds apart, and then I heard someone crying.

"People came out of their houses. There was a young man in the road and someone was holding him, crying.

"I've never seen such a heinous crime. It's just inhumane."

Other residents told the newspaper a large group of people surrounded the victims within minutes of the attack.

"I've never seen anything like this around here," one witness said. "It's shocking to say the least."

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said Grantham Road and Farm Road remained cordoned off while detectives continued their investigations.

"Five men have been arrested in connection with the disorder ... and are currently helping detectives with their enquiries," he said.

Anyone with information is asked contact West Midlands Police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.