Update: West Midlands Police have release an official statement:
A major police investigation has been launched after a man was shot outside a Birmingham club last night (Saturday 10 August).The 35-year-old was shot in the abdomen outside the Rainbow Warehouse on Digbeth High Street shortly before midnight.
Local officers supported by firearms teams, the force helicopter, police dogs and detectives from Force CID immediately responded after being alerted at 11.47pm.The man was given first aid at the scene and transported to hospital where he remains in a critical condition. His injuries are life-threatening and family have been informed.Detective Inspector Justin Spanner, from Force CID, is leading the investigation. “This is a very serious crime which must have been very frightening for clubbers to witness,” he said.
“Resources from a range of West Midlands Police departments responded to the initial call and we continue to make use of their expertise as the investigation moves forward.
“The motive for the attack remains unclear but initial enquiries indicate this was a targeted attack and that the gunman escaped on foot…. We’ve been working hard to reduce gun crime across the region but crimes like this – no matter how rare they are – tarnish Birmingham’s reputation as a great place to enjoy a fantastic night out.
“If we are to understand why this shooting occurred and bring those responsible before the courts, I need anyone who was in the area at the time and has not yet spoken to police to get in touch.”
Witnesses have been spoken with and work to identify the offender is ongoing. Officers and forensic teams currently remain at the club.
Today, Adderley Street and surrounding roads are closed while detailed searches of the area are completed. Roads are likely to remain closed for some time. Drivers and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area area to prevent disruption to their journeys.
Following the shooting, the venue and organisers of events scheduled to take place this afternoon and this evening have made the decision to cancel. Those with tickets are advised to contact the venue or organisers for information.
DI Spanner added: “I routinely work with witnesses who feel vulnerable and West Midlands Police has a range of measures in place to support them. People who are worried about getting in touch needn’t be.”
Anyone with information which may aid DI Spanner’s investigation should call 101. Alternatively, people who do not want to speak with police officers directly can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Circoloco has cancelled the second day of its two day event after a man was shot in the stomach at the event in Birmingham city centre.
Details are still unclear but it’s thought that one of the doors at the event was rushed by a number of people with guns. A 35-year-old was shot outside the venue at around 11.30pm, and was then taken to Queen Elizabeth hospital.
The event carried on unaffected until the event’s schedule midnight finish, but the decision has now been taken to cancel the second day which was expected to start at 2pm.
A series of photographs shows a police cordon outside the venue on Adderley Street in the Digbeth area of Birmingham.
Our thoughts are with the victim and his family.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have to cancel today’s event. We’ll have more information on tickets & refunds this week.
— CircolocoInTheArena (@CircolocoArena) August 11, 2013