Arrests made following Coventry shootings
Two men have been arrested following three shootings in Coventry over the weekend.
They were arrested during the early hours of this morning (Sunday 29 December) on Corporation Street in the city centre.
The men, aged 19 and 22, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and are currently in custody.
Police were called to reports of a man being shot in Watcombe Road in the Wood End area of the city just before 6:30pm on Friday night (27 December).
The 23-year-old was taken to hospital with shotgun injuries to his head which are not thought to be serious.
Shortly after a 16 year-old boy was taken to hospital with injuries to his shoulder which are not thought to be life threatening.
It’s believed that he was walking on Hillmorton Road, Wood End just after 7:30pm when a car drove past and fired shots at him.
A further incident occurred last night (Saturday 28 December) at 11pm where shots were fired at a house in Norwood Grove, Wood End.
Detectives immediately launched an investigation which continues at pace.
Chief Inspector Paul Minor, from Coventry police, said: “There is no place for violent acts such as these on our streets. It’s extremely fortunate that the two young people were not seriously injured or worse.
“We’re doing all we can to understand the circumstances, find those responsible and take robust action against those who think it’s acceptable to carry weapons on our streets.
"We will continue to work tirelessly with partners and local people to tackle the harm and misery it causes to families, friends and the wider community.
“From 5pm this evening until 2am tomorrow morning (30 December) officers will be using Section 60 powers in Coventry city centre and the Wood End area to tackle violent crime.
“The extra powers allow officers to stop and search people without reasonable grounds but where there is a risk of violence or weapons being used.”