Telford shooting: Armed police respond after man killed in suspected drive-by shooting

Samuel Osborne
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Police response to Bridges Business Park in Horsehay included armed officers (Liam Ball)
Police response to Bridges Business Park in Horsehay included armed officers (Liam Ball)

A man has been shot and killed in what police believe is a drive by shooting in Shropshire.

Armed police officers were called to the Bridges Business Park in Horsehay, Telford, at around 12.10pm on Tuesday afternoon, West Mercia Police said.

“There is an increased police presence, included armed officers, in the area,” the force said.

A 20-year-old man with gunshot wounds was treated by paramedics but died as a result of his injuries.

A murder investigation has been launched.

The West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called to reports of a shooting around 12.05pm.

It said two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a Midlands Air Ambulance Charity helicopter were on the scene.

An eyewitness posted photos the police and ambulance presence at the scene, as well as the air ambulance.

Telford Policing Commander, Superintendent Jim Baker, said: “This is clearly a very serious and tragic incident that has seen a young man lose his life and our thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this sad time.

“There is currently a scene guard in place at the business park and an increased police presence in the area as we carry out our enquiries and I would like to thank local residents and businesses for their co-operation and understanding for any disruption as we do this."

He added: “At the current time we do not believe there is any risk to the wider public, however, there will be officers on patrol in the local area to offer reassurance.

“A murder investigation has been launched with a number of initial lines of enquiries and we would ask anyone who has information they think could help with our investigation to let us know, or report this information to Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Anyone with information that could help with enquiries should contact West Mercia Police on 101 quoting reference 00239_I_13102020. Alternatively information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.