25th February 2021

Update from West Midlands Police:

Two men have been found guilty for their part in a shooting at a barber shop in Walsall in May 2019. 

Uzair Shahid and his accomplice Toyub Ali, shot a 24-year-old man in broad daylight at the hairdressers on Wolverhampton Road, Birchills at around 5.30pm.

The man had been getting his hair cut when Shahid and Ali turned up, entered the barbers and punched him in the face. They then got a sawn-off shotgun from their black BMW X1 and Shahid fired it through the glass door which the man was holding shut in an attempt to keep them out.

He was shot in the abdomen and spent nine days on a critical care ward. He also had to have two further surgeries to remove gun pellets and treat an infection, and the long-term impact of his injuries will be life-changing. 

Police received information within minutes of the shooting, this was invaluable as they set about trying to understand what had happened, who was responsible and why this shocking level of violence was used on the streets.

The information directed our extensive CCTV trawl which helped us determine the movements of Shahid and Ali before and after the offence. Police were able to recover CCTV of the car driving around the Birchills area about 30 minutes before the shooting, they also recovered CCTV from around two hours earlier at a carwash on Wednesbury Road, where they believe the duo were planning with attack, possibly in conjunction with two other unidentified people.

Detectives were also able to compare sightings of the black BMW in and around the area with an electronic monitoring tag Shahid was wearing. Five separate instances coincided with his tag and the car being seen on CCTV at various locations at key times.

The car was found burnt out at around 7pm in Avion Close.

CCTV also captured Ali getting his hair and beard cut at a barbers in Caldmore at around 7pm in what we believe was an attempt to change his appearance.

Shahid and Ali did not know the man they shot, they had seen each other before but had never spoken. We understand they targeted him over a dispute about a minor collision which occurred a week or so earlier. They were seeking to claim a small payment for damage caused to a car they were in, and although present, the man shot, was not the driver.

On Friday (19 February), following a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court, Uzair Shahid, aged 21 from Lichfield Road, Walsall was found guilty of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. Toyub Ali, aged 19, from Profit Street, Walsall was found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

They will both be sentenced on 29 April.

Watch CCTV from the investigation here 

Detective Constable Craig Bathgate, who led the investigation, said: "It was a calculated, brutal and mindless act of violence which has left the victim with long lasting physical and emotional damage.

"This crime shocked the local community, who we know had been living in fear of their behaviour for a long time. The pair were part of a gang and it's thought they had been involved in other previous acts of violence.

"The information we got from the community was invaluable and has ultimately helped us secure this conviction. I'd particularly like to commend the bravery and resilience of the victim and his family for their assistance throughout. 

"We know it's often really scary to come forward and give us information, however we rely on this and will always act upon it. There are ways we can help you provide this information confidentially, and Crimestoppers can also assist - you tell them what you know - not who you are.

"I hope these convictions are a good example of what we can do when we work together to eradicate serious violence by robustly dealing with those causing it, and putting them through the criminal justice system so they can pay for what they did."Anyone with any information about crime in their area is urged to contact us via Live Chat on our website, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.