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Man sustains gunshot to leg in 'targeted attack'

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A man has been shot in the leg in what police are treating as a targeted attack.

The 18-year-old victim was found wounded in Thorp Street in Birmingham near the city centre Chinese Quarter just after 4.10am on Monday.

West Midlands Police said the man's injuries were non-life threatening and he was in a stable condition in hospital.

The scene, which is just around the corner from the popular Hippodrome Theatre, is currently sealed off at both ends of the road while a detailed forensics investigation continues.

Inspector Christian Wilkins, from West Midlands Police, said: "We believe this to be a targeted attack and fortunately the man's injuries are not life threatening.

"We have conducted a detailed forensic search of the area, Thorp Street at Hurst Street and Bristol Street will remain closed this morning as part of the investigation."

Separately on Friday night, police were called to reports of a gunshot in the Lozells area of the city.

In January West Midlands' chief constable David Thompson said that shootings were happening in Birmingham with "concerning regularity".

Two months ago, in an update to members of the force's police and crime board Mr Thompson said the problem had "not gone away" despite a crackdown, and several high-profile convictions through the courts.

He added: "This challenge will be with us for a long time to come."

A new gun and gang commission was set up at the start of the year with the backing of the police and crime commissioner David Jamieson.

In March, 18-year-old Kenichi Phillips became the fourth person to be shot dead in Birmingham inside six months.

It followed the killing of 19-year-old Connor Smith in Hawkesley on October 8 2015 and, later that month, 25-year-old Derek Junior Myers who was shot dead in Soho Hill, Hockley.

In February this year, businessman Akhtar Javeed was gunned down at his business premises in the Digbeth area of the city.

Two men were jailed at Birmingham Crown Court earlier this year for their part in Smith's killing.

Anyone with information about the latest shooting is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.