Shooting report at Bullring centre


Shoppers in Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre, where armed police were called following reports of a shooting

Armed police have attended a shopping centre following reports of a shooting.

Officers from West Midlands Police were called to outside the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham at about 2.18pm on Boxing Day.

A spokeswoman for the force said a 19-year-old man sustained a gunshot injury to his leg and is being treated in hospital.

His condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

The spokeswoman said a number of scenes inside and outside the Bullring had been closed off while inquires continued.

She added: “Another man, aged 26, has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently receiving hospital treatment for facial injuries.”

Eyewitnesses told the Birmingham Mail there appeared to be a confrontation between two groups of youths in the area between Mango and Selfridges inside the shopping centre.

Thousands of shoppers turned out at the popular shopping destination on Boxing Day.

More than 25,000 visitors passed through the Bullring’s doors before 12pm to take advantage of the Christmas discounts.

Many of the shops in the centre are thought to have remained open while police investigated the incident, with trading coming to a close at 5pm.

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