Birmingham & Black Country

Shots fired in carjacking attempt in West Bromwich

A firearm was discharged as two men fled after trying to steal a woman's car at gunpoint, police said.

A man approached the woman as she parked on her drive and pointed the gun at her, demanding the keys.

Following a struggle, the woman's husband came out of their home in Durham Drive, West Bromwich, to help her as a second offender joined in.

The offenders then fled in a blue van, firing two shots as they left the scene at about 20:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Police said the woman, who was driving a Volkswagen Golf, was unhurt but left very shaken while her husband was treated in hospital for cuts to his face after one of the men hit him on the face with the weapon.

Two shots were fired as the men drove off in a blue van.

Det Insp Gary Dring said: "This was clearly a very frightening incident for everyone involved.

"The level of violence used was excessive and the reckless use of a firearm put lives at risk - it is only through luck alone that nobody was seriously injured."

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