A big police presence pictured in Hockley, Birmingham (Image: Birmingham Mail)
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The youngster was gunned down as he walked beside a road in busy Hockley, Birmingham, at around 7pm. He was dashed to hospital where he remains in a critical condition today.
Roads remain closed in the area today as a police forensics team investigate the shocking gunning.
Imran Hameed said he saw police vans, cars, officers in high vis jackets and unmarked vehicles with blue flashing lights last night as he drove through the area.
He told Birmingham Live : “I was driving past Bingley Hall at 7.53pm and there was about eight or nine regular police cars and undercover cars.
“The officers were dotted around.
“There was one by the underpass which was taped off. There was another officer by the other entrance to the underpass opposite.”
Police continue to probe a shooting (Image: Birmingham Live)
West Midlands Police are urgently appealing for witnesses to come forward as they said the area was busy with commuters and shoppers at the time of the brazen shooting.
A spokesperson for the force said: “We are appealing after a teenager was shot in Hockley Circus, Birmingham, shortly before 7pm last night (18 November).
“Our investigations are in the very early stages, but we understand the 13-year-old was walking down Hockley Circus when he was shot in the back.
“He remains in hospital in a critical condition with injuries believed to be life-changing.
“Hockley Circus will remain closed for most of the morning as we conduct forensic enquiries. We thank you for your patience.
“We are urgently appealing to anyone in the area with any information. This is a busy area with lots of motorists, so we're asking anyone with dashcams to check their footage as this may help us identify the people responsible.
“Also if you witnessed anything, please contact us as this information could provide integral to our investigation.
“Contact us via Live Chat on our website or by calling 101. Please quote log number 3589 of 18/11.”
Police are at the scene of the shooting (Image: Birmingham Live)
Hockley Circus is a large road junction in the area, which connects Birmingham’s inner city ring road with the A41 which heads out of the city to West Bromwich, West Midlands.
A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called to reports of a gunshot incident near to Hockley Circus in Birmingham at 7.16pm last night.”
“One ambulance, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.
“On arrival we discovered one patient, a teenage male, who was treated for serious injuries before being taken to hospital for further treatment.”
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