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Two men have been taken to hospital with "serious injuries" after gun shots were fired at a Smethwick restaurant.

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Police are investigating the incident at Avenue Bar and Restaurant on Rolfe Street, which happened at about 3.30am on Monday.

A man in his 40s and a man in his 20s were both taken to hospital with "serious injuries".

The scene of the shooting in Smethwick

A woman was also hurt and taken to hospital but has since been discharged, West Midlands Police has confirmed.

A statement from the force reads: "We are reviewing CCTV and carrying out other enquiries to identify who was responsible.

The scene of the shooting in Smethwick

"Officers are increasing their patrols the area in the coming days as we know how concerning this incident is for the community."

Police have also closed roads in the area, with motorists advised to seek alternative routes.

The scene of the shooting in Smethwick

Bus services, including the National Express West Midlands service number 54 and 54A – which runs between West Bromwich and Worlds End – have been diverted via Soho Way.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed crews were called to a gunshot incident on Rolfe Street at 3.32am.

He added: "Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended the scene.

"On arrival we discovered two patients, both men, who were treated for serious injuries before being taken to hospital."

Anyone with information about the shooting or those who were at the venue should contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat on its website or by calling 101 and quoting 412 of June 17.

The scene of the shooting in Smethwick

The Express and Star has approached Avenue Bar and Restaurant for comment.

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