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Business owners left shocked at death involving firearm on quiet street

The death of a man from a firearm incident has been met with shock and surprise by people on the town centre street where it happened.

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It felt like a normal working day on Espley's Yard in Stafford on Monday morning, with a car care centre, a flooring firm and a taxi company all working in the town centre street, just off the A518 Newport Road near the Tesco Superstore and the former Poptastic nightclub.

It had been a far different scene on Friday evening, however, after emergency services had been called to the road around 6.20pm after receiving reports of a concern for welfare and found a man in his 50s who had discharged his firearm.

The man died from his injuries shortly afterwards and the area around Espley's Yard was closed off for several hours, with police cars visible on the A518 while officers inspected the scene.

For those working on the area around where the incident happened, the events of Friday night were a surprising thing to find out about, with many saying they didn't ever remember anything like that happening before around the area.

One person, who didn't want to be named, said: "We weren't around on Friday evening as this was after we'd finished working, so the first I heard about it was this morning.

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