'Shocked' Walsall residents heard 'gunshot' before neighbours 'went running up street'

Residents living on a 'quiet' Black Country estate have spoken of their shock after a man was shot dead in broad daylight. A man in his 20s was killed in the Blakenall area of Walsall on Monday evening, July 8, while another man was also injured.

West Midlands Police have arrested two men, aged 22 and 18, and a 17-year-old boy, on suspicion of murder. A heavy police presence remained on Well Lane on Tuesday afternoon, July 9, with a police tent and multiple cordons still in place.

One resident recalled how neighbours went running up the street after the shooting happened while another said she returned five minutes later to find the whole street cordoned off. Residents revealed how the estate was largely quiet, friendly, where 'everyone knows everyone'.

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Lily Scrivens, 18, said: "I did hear it (a gunshot). As soon as it happened, it took a minute for everyone to come outside. At first, I thought my brother had dropped something in his room but then I thought 'oh God, something has happened'.

"I came out before the police arrived. People were running up the street saying '(someone) has been shot'. I heard people shouting 'they've killed him'." She added: "Everyone knows everyone around here.

Her mother, Julie Scrivens, 56, said: "I'm shocked by what happened, there's kids in the street. I'm hoping to move around the corner. I'm told things do happen, there has been a little bit of crime. On the whole, everyone is friendly.

"I went out to check on my other daughter (when the shooting took place). It happened really quickly, in the space of 10 minutes. When I came back, five minutes later, the whole street was cordoned off, that's how quickly it happened.

"At the end of the day, a parent has lost their child. Heaven forbid if it happened to any of mine."

Piotr Borkowski, 50, who works as a driver, said: "Yes, I am shocked. I know what happened yesterday but I don't know why. I have lived here for a long time, it's very quiet here. The situation here (the police cordon), this is a first time."

A woman, who wished to remain anonymous, added: “We are very shocked, saddened. We’ve lost a friend.”

West Midlands Police say they are treating the shooting as a "targeted attack". The force has brought in temporary Section 60 powers allowing officers to stop and search people in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote log 3637 of 8 July. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.