Man shot dead during attempted robbery in Digbeth

It happened last night

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A man has been found dead in Digbeth following an attempted robbery.

The shooting took place as masked men raided the premises in Digbeth at around 640pm last night.

56-year-old Akhtar Javeed was found lying in the road.

He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after.

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The attack took place at Direct Source 3, a fast food, retail and catering business in Digbeth on Rea Street, near the junction with MacDonald Street.

Mr Javeed is believed to be a company director at Direct Source 3 and other staff are also believed to have been on the premises at the time.

Police believe two men were involved and are appealing for witnesses.

They are hoping witnesses will come forward as the attack occurred at a busy time when many people would have been leaving work.

 

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Police do not yet know what type of firearm was used and are arranging a post-mortem.

This crime is the latest in a peak of gun related crimes in the city.

So far this year there have been 41 arrests for gun-related crime and 19 firearms have been seized.

This is the third gun related death in Birmingham since October.

If anyone has any information which they think may assist with this investigation, the Police can be contacted on 101. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.