A 15-year-old boy has died after he was attacked by a group of youths 'armed with knives' as shots rang out in Birmingham.

The boy was "set upon" by the group in the Handsworth area of the city on Thursday just after 3.30pm and was rushed to hospital where he died from his injuries.

Witnesses say shots were heard and the suspects were armed with knives during the attack before the killers fled in a white car.

The car crashed into a house a short distance away but the occupants fled the scene.

No arrests have been made.

The getaway crashed shortly after the attack
The getaway crashed shortly after the attack

Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Orencas, from the homicide team, who is leading the inquiry, said: "This level of violence in broad daylight on a residential street is inconceivable, let alone the fact that the target was a 15-year-old boy.

"We are leaving no stone unturned in our search for those responsible and I ask anyone who knows who they are to contact us.

Police forensics examine the scene where the crashed getaway car
Police forensics examine the scene where the crashed getaway car
Police have made no arrests
Police have made no arrests

"The family of the boy has had the worst shock imaginable today and we have specialist officers with them in their time of grief."

Officers are speaking to witnesses and checking CCTV in the area. The car has also been seized for forensic examination.

Anyone witnesses should contact police on 101.

Or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.