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'Not the first time terror has struck on the street': Residents react to Smethwick shooting

Residents have been reacting to a shooting on their doorstep which left two people with serious injuries.

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A squadron of police cars rushed to the scene in Smethwick in the early hours of this morning, after gun shots were fired at Avenue Bar and Restaurant on Rolfe Street.

A man in his 40s and a man in his 20s were both taken to hospital with "serious injuries" while a woman was also hurt and taken to hospital - but has since been discharged.

The terrifying moment kept neighbours up into the early hours, and today they've been claiming it's not the first time terror has struck on the street they all call home.

Speaking today, one neighbour claimed that just six months ago the whole street was 'forced to barricade' their homes after a late night party - at the same venue - after it leaked into their road and youths 'smashed up' cars owned by people who live there.

Other residents claimed that some neighbours were forced to move out after being terrified of when the next nightmare night would commence.

The scene of the shooting at The Avenue Bar and Grill, Rolfe Street, Smethwick

An elderly grandmother, who has lived on the street for 37 years, said: “That pub (where the shooting happened) used to be a cafe which we liked but it was taken over and turned into a pub.

“Since then we’ve had party after party going on all night. Last year - on December 29 - the pub had a youth fixture going on and the punters who came smashed up all the cars on the road.

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