Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder of a car driver in West Bromwich.  The victim was sat in stationary traffic when he was shot at point blank range.  He was pronounced dead at the scene and aged 33.

A short time after the incident, two men aged 19 and 24 were arrested two miles from the scene.

The murder was committed on West Bromwich high street in front of terrified shoppers in broad daylight.  One man who lives close to the scene but did not want to give his name, said: “I heard a sound similar to fireworks and, thinking that’s what it was, ignored it.  A few minutes later there was about three to five police cars around the scene. It is quite scary knowing that someone got shot quite close to your house.”

Martin Slevin, Detective Inspector, said, “The scene of the shooting remains cordoned off while we continue forensic examinations and we are conducting house to house inquiries.

“A man has lost his life in broad daylight so I would ask anyone who has information to assist us in establishing what happened yesterday afternoon to contact my team urgently.

“We have increased patrols in the area to reassure residents, however, we do believe this to be a targeted attack and there is no risk to the general public.”

A police spokesman added that they were gathering CCTV footage of the incident.

Paul Sandars, councillor, added, “I’m deeply shocked somebody could be dead on a Christmas Bank Holiday in West Bromwich.  It’s an area I drive through and walk through most days.  This is unheard of in Sandwell. This is a neighbourhood where people are normally happy and having a good time.”

The two suspects are currently being questioned by detectives.  Their motives at this time are unknown.