Teen ,17, arrested over gun death of Birmingham teenager

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A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the killing of another teenager who was shot as he sat in a car. West Midlands Police said the youth was detained at about 7am on Thursday at an address in Smethwick by detectives investigating the murder of 18-year-old Kenichi Phillips.

Kenichi – also known as Nichies – was shot dead at about 7pm on March 17 as he sat in a black Seat Leon in St Mark’s Crescent in the Ladywood area of Birmingham.

He managed to stagger a short distance down the street before succumbing to his injuries. A 22-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder the day after the attack is still on police bail pending further inquiries.

Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Jim Munro, of West Midlands Police, has renewed his appeal for information about the shooting.

He said: “Our investigation continues and I still want to hear from anyone who may be able to assist us as we try to get justice for Kenichi and his family.

“There were lots of people around when this happened and they may hold vital information which could help us to drive this inquiry forward.

“I would ask anyone who can help to either call us in confidence on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Mr Phillips is the fourth man to be shot dead in Birmingham in six months, starting with the killing of 19-year-old Connor Smith in Hawkesley on October 8 2015.

Later that month, 25-year-old Derek Junior Myers was shot dead in Soho Hill, Hockley. In February this year, businessman Akhtar Javeed was gunned down at his business premises in the Digbeth area of the city.

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