Former Outlaws member dies after shooting in Birmingham

Police say 42-year-old William Shannon died after being shot in back of head at a petrol station Police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting death of a former Outlaws motorcycle gang…

Former Outlaws member dies after shooting in Birmingham

Police say 42-year-old William Shannon died after being shot in back of head at a petrol station

Police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting death of a former Outlaws motorcycle gang member.

A postmortem examination is being conducted on William Shannon, 42, who died after being shot in the back of the head on Thursday afternoon at a petrol station in Walsall, West Midlands, police said.

“The postmortem is to establish the precise cause of death and it is unclear whether drug-related activity was a factor in the death,” an Operation Delegation statement said.

“An arrest has been made and enquiries are continuing. We are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information regarding the incident.”

The Independent Office for Police Conduct is also assessing an incident at the nearby Lotto Locker pub, where there was a disturbance after an altercation, Leicestershire police said. A 47-year-old man was detained at the scene.

The two incidents are not connected, according to police.

The Outlaws were formed in Walsall in the 1980s, and former members in the Midlands criminal community have received lengthy sentences in recent years.

On Friday, Noel Kelly, 28, was jailed for 12 years after admitting handling four guns seized by detectives following a raid on his home.

Police raided his house on 2 July last year. Officers had found five imitation firearms, including a taser, after a search of a car registered to him.

Kelly’s weapons were among four handguns and three rifles that had been seized when officers carried out a series of raids on properties in Greater Manchester and the Midlands, as part of a national operation.

Kelly was sentenced at Manchester crown court last month. The judge, William Hart, described him as a “significant risk to the public”.

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