Police launch murder hunt after man shot dead in Birmingham

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was shot dead in Birmingham.

Abdul Rahman was shot in his chest around 11pm on Tuesday evening near Belgrave Interchange, Balsall Heath. He was teated by paramedics on the scene and taken to hospital but was pronounced dead on Wednesday morning.

Friends said he was in his 20s and was from Small Heath. They said he had recently graduated with a masters in Business from Wolverhampton University and was considering studying for a PhD.

Friend Rabiya Khan said he was “caring and hard-working.”

“He was a really close friend of mine, a friend I could trust, a friend who had my back, a friend who I loved dearly,” she told BirminghamLive. “He graduated last month and wanted to start a PhD – he was looking into it and we said we’d do it together from the university I am at. He had his business which was his pride and joy, he was such a hard-working person. He has been snatched from all of us.

“The world has lost such a caring, loving and empathetic person. He gave me hope in life, he took me out of depression. When I felt like I couldn’t speak to anyone it was he who stood by me and helped. If anyone ever needed him he was there for them, regardless of the time.”

Chief Superintendent Mark Payne said: “We understand the victim was in or near Stratford Place last night when he was shot. The details are unclear at this early stage and I would appeal to anyone who was at the location and may have heard and seen anything to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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