Birmingham & Black Country

Man jailed over Birmingham Bullring shooting

Lamar Salmon
Image caption Lamar Salmon was identified using facial mapping techniques, police said

A 20-year-old man has been jailed for 14 years for shooting another man outside Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre during the Boxing Day sales.

Lamar Salmon, 20, of Erdington, shot a man in the leg outside Selfridges after a row on 26 December 2010.

Mr Salmon was found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday.

He was also found guilty of possessing a gun with intent to endanger life.

Police said that Salmon, of Abbeyfield Road, opened fire with a handgun, shooting the 21-year-old victim in the thigh with a .38 calibre bullet "which exited at the top of his hamstring and narrowly missed a main artery".

The shooting followed an incident moments earlier where two groups had clashed on the escalators.

A missile, believed to be a bottle, had been thrown causing one man to suffer a cut head, a police spokesman said.

Salmon had denied being involved and claimed he was not at the Bullring at the time but detectives used advanced facial mapping techniques to show the gunman shown on CCTV matched his description.

Det Ch Insp Simon Wallis said: "This incident could have caused mass panic and resulted in very serious consequences as there were thousands of shoppers in the Birmingham Bullring that afternoon.

"Thankfully no one was seriously injured as a result and the incident went largely unnoticed by most people.

"I'd like to thank Bullring staff and management team for supporting the inquiry and also members of Birmingham's communities who provided important evidence leading to Salmon's conviction."

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