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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 September 2006, 19:04 GMT 20:04 UK
Murder inquiry after teen killed
shooting scene in the Meadows
The teenager was shot outside shops in the Meadows
A 17-year-old man has died after a shooting near a shopping centre in inner-city Nottingham.

Police and emergency services were called to an incident outside the Bridgeway Hall Methodist Mission in the Meadows area of the city.

The teenager was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre where he later died. A murder inquiry has begun, police said.

It is believed the victim was shot in the chest and his killer escaped on the teenager's bicycle.

'Senseless shooting'

A police spokeswoman said the cause of the teenager's death on Tuesday was not yet known.

Nottingham City Council leader Jon Collins said: "This is a senseless shooting and an absolute tragedy.

"This is only the second fatal shooting in Nottingham in almost two years but any incident of this kind is one too many.

"We will do everything we can to help the police find whoever is responsible and to defuse any tensions in the local community."

Alan Simpson, MP for Nottingham South, said the city had been working hard to shake off its violent reputation.

He said: "I'm shocked by the personal tragedy and because so much has been done in recent times to dramatically reduce gun crime in Nottingham."

The area remains sealed off while forensic officers continue their investigations.

Police said a post-mortem examination would be carried out on the teenager on Wednesday, after which more details of the shooting would be released.

The last fatal shooting in Nottingham was in March 2005 when Paul Thomas, 34, was killed in Hyson Green.

Liam Williamson, 31, was found guilty of his murder by a jury at Leicester Crown Court and sentenced to a minimum of 26 years.


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