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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 July, 2003, 10:44 GMT 11:44 UK
Mothers tell MPs of shooting impact
Marcia Shakespeare
Marcia Shakespeare will tell MPs of the impact of gun crime on her life
The mothers of two teenagers shot dead outside a party in Birmingham at the New Year are giving evidence to a group of MPs investigating gun crime.

It comes six months after Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare were killed outside the Uniseven Studios hairdressing shop in Birchfield Road, Aston, on 2 January.

The girls were gunned down in an attack in which police say say more than 30 shots were fired and at least two weapons, including a sub-machine gun, were used.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Gun Crime will hear from Beverley Thomas and Marcia Shakespeare on Wednesday as well as anti-gun campaigners from around the country.

Crime impact

The killers of the two 17-year-old girls have still not been found.

The MP for Perry Barr, Khalid Mahmood, who's a member of the group, said members will value the views of the two women and insisted that tackling gun crime in the Aston area was a priority.

He said: "They will be telling a group of MPs the impact of gun crime on their lives.

Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare
The teenage victims of gun crime

"I think everything that possibly could be done has been worked on."

Mr Mahmood, who is also the Chair of the West Midlands Police Authority, added that the police force was committed to "making sure the West Midlands community is safe and feels safe"

The comments come after a spate of shootings and violence in the inner-city area in recent weeks.

One man was shot in the head and back as he stood in the street outside Rashid & Son salon, in Witton Road, on Saturday.

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