June 24 2011

– This is the first picture of a young man gunned down in a quiet Birmingham street.

Ricky Basra, 22, had been in hiding fearing that he was going to be killed.

Today two men, aged 22 and 20, and a 21-year-old woman were all being held on suspicion of murder following the shooting in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

The victim was found outside a church and although paramedics rushed to the scene but he was pronounced dead.

A friend of Ricky – who did not wish to be named – said he had been keeping his head down after mixing with a bad crowd.

He said: ‘Ricky had been hiding for some time because he had got into some trouble with some people.’

The shooting – in the same area as the city’s cricket ground and golf clubs – left residents shocked.

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I heard a loud explosion of noise – I thought it was a car crash.’

And another female resident added: ‘After I heard the gun shot just after 10pm last night a car went screeching up the road.

‘Within five minutes the road was swarming with police.’

Crime scene: The road where Ricky Basra was shot dead in Edgbaston, Birmingham

Crime scene: The road where Ricky Basra was shot dead in Edgbaston, Birmingham

Doreen Whitehouse, who has lived in the neighbourhood for 30 years said: ‘I wouldn’t have expected it around this area. It is such a quiet and pleasant area.’

A spokesman for West Midlands Police confirmed that three men were being held on suspicion of murder. They remain in custody helping police with enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Wallis, from West Midlands Police, said: ‘I would still urge anybody with information to come forward and tell us what they know – whether they saw the incident, saw anything suspicious ion the area at the time, or have heard information that might be helpful to us.’

The victim was pronounced dead in Melville Road, Edgbaston, after police were called to the scene shortly before 10.15pm on Tuesday

The victim was pronounced dead in Melville Road, Edgbaston, after police were called to the scene shortly before 10.15pm on Tuesday

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