Investigation launched after Coventry street shooting

We’ve arrested two men following a suspected gang clash in Coventry yesterday (13 Sept) in which a gun was fired at a car.

Reports came in from the public at 4.20pm alerting us to the incident in Watcombe Road where a man on an e-scooter was being pursued by a black Audi.

Witnesses describe seeing the Audi driver try to ram the scooter before he’s believed to have opened fire at the vehicle.

Our firearms officers stopped the car at an A45 petrol station
Our firearms officers stopped the car at an A45 petrol station

Armed police were deployed to the scene and about 45 minutes later traced the Audi to a petrol station on the A45 where two men were detained.

They remain in police custody on suspicion of attempted wounding.

The vehicle, which had gunshot damage, has been seized for a forensic examination. 

Chief Inspector Paul Minor from Coventry Police said: “The two men we’ve arrested have links to gang activity in the city and we suspect this was a clash between rival groups.

“Efforts are ongoing to identify and trace the gunman on the scooter.

“Thankfully nobody was hurt but clearly discharging a firearm in public is total unacceptable. 

“This happened in the middle of the afternoon on a sunny Sunday and could have resulted in innocent people being seriously hurt.

“If anyone has any information about the incident – or who saw a man on an e-scooter in the area at the time – then please get in touch.”

People can call us on 101 or Live Chat via our website. Alternatively, call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Callers won’t be asked for their name and calls cannot be traced. 

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