Laneside Gardens (courtesy Google Earth)

Two shot dead in Birchills – appeal

Laneside Gardens (courtesy Google Earth)
Laneside Gardens (courtesy Google Earth)

Police have sealed off an area in Walsall this morning, following the death of a man and woman at a house in the Birchills area in the early hours.

Officers were called to the house, on Laneside Gardens, at 1.37am today after ambulance crews attended a property, where two people were found with serious gunshot injuries.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff, both the man and woman died at the scene.

Officers immediately cordoned off the property and the cul-de-sac as an investigation was launched into the circumstances of the deaths.

After making immediate enquiries a 23-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were arrested nearby in connection with the incident. They have been taken to a police station for questioning this morning.

Detective Inspector Michaela Kerr, from the Force Criminal Investigation Department, said:

“Both the man and woman sustained gunshot injuries and they received emergency treatment at the scene, however they could not be saved and died a short time later.

“We are treating their deaths as suspicious and two people were arrested nearby in connection with the incident. They are in custody this morning and will be questioned by detectives.”

Local officers will be joined by detectives in the area today to assist with enquiries and speak to people in the community who may have information, or concerns, regarding events overnight.

The road remains closed whilst forensic searches are conducted.

Police appeal for anyone with information to speak to Force CID at Bloxwich Police Station by dialling 101, or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.