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Last Updated: Saturday, 31 March 2007, 15:02 GMT 16:02 UK
Three in hospital after shooting
The Midland Tavern, Nechells
Drinkers in the pub have been urged to contact police
One person is critically ill in hospital and two others are wounded after a shooting at a Birmingham pub.

The incident happened in the Midland Tavern, in Erskine Street, Nechells, shortly after midnight.

The victims were taken to hospital for treatment. The street has been cordoned off while forensic science experts search the area.

It is the latest shooting in the north of the city, which has seen an increase in gun crime in recent years.

Last December, 53-year-old Henry Wilson was shot dead at his home in Handsworth, while a month earlier shopkeeper Mohammed Busharat was shot in Lozells.

Weeks earlier 20-year-old Meshack Bernard-Brown had been killed in nearby Newtown.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact West Midlands Police.

A police spokesman said: "The pub was busy and contained a large number of people so officers are appealing to anyone who left the pub at the time of this incident or who was in the nearby area."

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