Police patrols have been increased after two men were shot and a third stabbed in Wolverhampton.
A man was stabbed while on a bike in the Eastfield area of the city, while two others suffered gunshot pellet wounds during a dispute when a shot was fired at a house on Deansfield Road.
It began when police were called at 4.40pm on Thursday to reports of a car being damaged in Bilston. Officers have appealed for witnesses to come forward.
One person who lives in Eastfield, Wolverhampton, has said he has been worried about trouble flaring up in the area for weeks.
One of the victims who is 20-years-old had been riding a bike when a car pulled up and two men jumped out, stabbing him in the leg and buttocks.
Minutes later, two men arrived at Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital with gunshot pellet wounds to the shoulder and arm.
The drama began when officers were called at 4.40pm yesterday to reports of a car being damaged in Bilston.
The stabbing happened on Hillside Gardens in Eastfield at around 9pm.
The men who were shot are believed to have been injured during a dispute in the Eastfield area when a shot was fired at a house on Deansfield Road. A 17-year-old youth was arrested from Deansfield Road on suspicion of assault a short time later.
But those living and working in the Eastfields have painted a picture of area with one claiming there had been rumours of trouble brewing.
One woman, who lives on Old Heath Road near to where the shooting took place, said: “This is why I don’t leave my house. We haven’t had anything like this happen around here for a couple of years.
“When I first saw the police vans I thought that it was a drugs raid because they do happen from time-to-time around here. It’s still a shock but no-one seems to know what is going on and why”
A business owner who runs a shop in the Eastfields area said there had been rumours of trouble for weeks, he said: “About a month ago someone was chased and beaten up. It seems like there are two sets of groups feuding at the minute. It’s worrying something happened around 4pm because if this had been next week it would have been when the kids come out of school.”