Police sealed off a mosque car park in Small Heath after reports of “gunfire” late last night, according to local residents.

Sunday night saw police storming into Small Heath after reports of a “shooting incident” around the Herbert Road and Chapman Road section in Small Heath and sealed off the Idaara Maarif-e-Islam car park as officers reportedly searched for the weapon.

According to several members of a prominent Small Heath community group on Facebook, West Midlands Police sealed off a car park in their search for firearms after residents reported a shooting incident on Sunday night (12 December).

Police cordoned off the mosque car park after the alleged shooting in Sara ParkGoogle StreetView
Police cordoned off the Idaara Maarif-e-Islam mosque car park after the alleged shooting in Sara Park

Shots were allegedly heard in Sara Park and it appears the incident spilled over from the public park and into the Idaara Maarif-e-Islam mosque’s car park across the road, which nestles between Herbert Road, Chapman Road and Regent Park Road.

Officers immediately placed a cordon around the scene and began to conduct a search of the area, shown in photographs shares on social media by local residents.

Police cordoned off the mosque car park after the alleged shooting in Sara ParkResidents group/Facebook
The mosque car park was sealed off by police as a search was conducted around the location

Police also reportedly searched the car park belonging to Regents Park Banqueting Hall – where a wedding was taking place – and inspected the area for the weapon used in the shooting.

I Am Birmingham has contacted West Midlands Police for more on this breaking story and an update will follow.

This troubling incident comes after the tragic murder of a bright young teenager in Small Heath on Friday which took place close to last night’s police search.

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