21/07/2018 10:33 BST | Updated 21/07/2018 13:16 BST

Wolverhampton Shooting: Murder Investigation Launched After Man Shot Dead

Armed police cordoned off the car park of New Cross Hospital.

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West Midlands Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was shot in Wolverhampton.

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was shot dead in Wolverhampton.

Armed police cordoned off the car park of New Cross Hospital after a man was shot in nearby Valley Road on Friday night.

Officers were called following reports of gunshots being heard at about 9.10pm.

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A police cordon was set up around a blue Peugeot outside New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton.

Minutes later, police were made aware that a man with serious injuries had been driven to nearby New Cross Hospital.

A cordon was set up around a blue Peugeot with what appeared to be a bullet hole in a side window frame. 

The victim, who has not yet been formally identified, died in hospital at about 2am today.

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs New Cross Hospital, said on Saturday morning that the hospital was “fully functioning as normal”, adding there was “no safety issues to patients, staff or visitors”.

Local sources told the Huffpost UK that last night’s murder in Wolverhampton is linked to a gangland drive-by shooting in the city a week earlier.

A man in a motorcycle helmet is understood to have fired several shots at the Gatehouse pub beer garden before fleeing in a car.

Chief Inspector Jack Hadley, of West Midlands Police, said the ‘terrifying’ attack on Donnington Road last Saturday was targeted and likely to be linked to gangs.

West Midlands Police said that officers are carrying out house-to-house enquiries and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Witnesses to the pub attack and last night’s murder in the Park Village area of Wolverhampton are urged to call police on 101.