‘Tragic waste’ as 20-year-old shot dead in Birmingham

James Teer was shot dead while he played football

Friday, August 9, 2019

A 20-year-old has been killed in an “outrageous” drive-by shooting just yards from his home in Erdington, Birmingham.

James Teer was fatally wounded by a single shot when a car pulled up and opened fire on the evening of August 8, as he played football with friends.

West Midlands Police have appealed for information or dash-cam footage of a "dark coloured car" that was seen in the area at the time and “understood to have been involved”.

No arrests have yet been made but specialist officers are trawling CCTV, carrying out local enquiries and speaking to witnesses.

Residents of Goosemore Lane are said to be 'gripped with fear'

Birmingham Police Superintendent Sarah Burton said: “This was an outrageous act in the early evening on one of our streets.

“One young man has lost his life and we are determined to bring the people responsible to justice.”

She asked for privacy for Mr Teer’s loved ones, who are “totally devastated and want answers”.

The young man has become the latest victim of gun crime in Birmingham, bringing the total number of people killed in shootings this year up to three.

Erdington MP Jack Dromey called the killing a “tragic waste” and said the street was “gripped with fear.”

Police have said they will increase patrols in the area over the weekend and the road remains closed to traffic.

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