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Boy, 15, killed after being ambushed by gun and knife gang near school in broad daylight

A BOY has died after being ambushed by a gun and knife gang near a school in broad daylight.

Gunshots were fired when the teenager was set upon by a mob in Birmingham, West Midlands, this afternoon.

Police said the youngster was taken to hospital with “life-threatening” injuries. He later died.

The suspects fled on foot after crashing a car into a house on a nearby road.
Officers raced to Linwood Road in the Handsworth area of the city shortly after 3.30pm.

Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Orencas, from West Midlands Police, 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.

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

The suspects fled in a white car, a Ford C-Max, which crashed into a house a short distance away in Wheeler Street.

No arrests have been made.

Paramedics treated the victim at the scene before taking him to hospital.

Forensics officers were tonight seen combing for clues as police officers conducted house-to-house enquiries.

The abandoned getaway car was also being examined.

Paramedics treated the victim at the scene before taking him to hospital.

Forensics officers were tonight seen combing for clues as police officers conducted house-to-house enquiries.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We received a number of calls to Linwood Road in Handsworth, at 3.39pm this afternoon.

“Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a critical care paramedic and a  emergency doctor attended and arrived on scene to find a male requiring emergency treatment.

“Ambulance crews provided advanced trauma care on scene before conveying him to hospital on blue lights.”

Anyone who saw what happened can contact police on 101.

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