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Shooting victim named as police vow to catch killers

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in a Birmingham street last night have named the victim as 20-year-old James Teer.

Mr Teer was in Goosemoor Lane, Erdington – a short walk from home where he lived with his parents – at 7.20pm when he was fatally wounded in what police believe was a drive-by shooting.

He sadly died at the scene and a post mortem examination is due to take place this afternoon (9 August).

James Teer
James Teer

Officers are trawling CCTV, carrying out local enquiries and speaking to witnesses – and detectives are especially keen to hear from anyone who has dash-cam footage of a dark coloured car in the area at the time that’s understood to have been involved.

Birmingham Police Superintendent Sarah Burton expressed her shock at the shooting and heartfelt condolences to Mr Teer’s family and friends.

She said: “We have a specially trained family liaison officer supporting James’ loved ones; they are totally devastated and inconsolable; they can’t comprehend what’s happened and want answers. They’ve asked for people to respect their privacy and allow them to grieve as a family.

“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. 

“Detectives have been working through the night gathering evidence and fast-tracking our enquiries, while additional officers have been out and about in the area to provide a visible reassurance.

“There will be people in the community who know what’s happened and who was involved. I would ask them to do the right thing and get in touch – they can speak to us anonymously, we don’t need their names, just information to help us catch the killers.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Callers won’t be asked for their names and calls cannot be traced.

Alternatively people can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at WMP Online between 8am and midnight or by calling 101 anytime. Please quote log 2253 of 8/8. 

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