Man was asked ‘are you from around here’ before being gunned down in ‘postcode killing’

A man was shot dead in the street moments after a gunman demanded to know: “Are you from around here?”.

Mohammed Kasim may have been the innocent victim of a ‘postcode killing’, community sources fear.

The dad, 30, was attacked in Small Heath, south-east Birmingham, on July 7.

Police said the victim and another injured man, 24, made their own way to Heartlands Hospital but he couldn’t be saved, Birmingham Live report.

Now new claims about the murder have been made, after the attack many miles away from the cluster of other shootings and stabbing in the Birmingham west area.

Kasim, also known as ‘Kazee’, was gunned down in the Small Heath area of the city.

Police say he and a second man made their own way to Heartlands Hospital shortly after midnight with gunshot injuries, but he was later confirmed dead.

A source said “Kazee was sat in a car outside his house. The gunman with with another man in a car.

“The gunman is said to have asked Kazee, ‘Are you from around here?’ And when he confirmed he was, he was shot.

“The bullet travelled into the shoulder of the driver of the car who was sat next to Kazee. That man was taken to hospital but is now out and recovering.

“There was a third man in the back of the car, but he was not injured. The gunman then drove off.”

They added: “There is speculation in the community that it might be a Postcode killing scenario because Kazee was asked, ‘Are you from here?’.

“But there is also talk that it is a case of mistaken identity and that the gunman was looking for another man who lives in a street nearby.

“Kazee had his own circle of friends and was very much loved by his family and friends.”

In an earlier statement Mr Kasim’s family described him as a “kind hearted, selfless, caring person. An amazing dad, son and brother who will be missed so dearly.”

No arrests have been made. The investigation remains ongoing.

Police said in an earlier statement: “We believe the victim and the other man were in a car on Eversley Road, Small Heath, when they were shot late on Wednesday evening. We’ve been carrying out CCTV and other enquiries in the area as we seek to establish who was responsible.

“Following quick-time inquiries we identified a vehicle which was potentially involved and it was found abandoned in Millthorpe Close, Washwood Heath.

“Further inquiries around the blue Ford Ecosport – which was on false plates – are ongoing as we review all CCTV possibilities.

“We’d urge anyone who was in the area at the time, and may have dash cam footage, to contact us. We’re keen to hear from anyone with information who can help us find who killed Mr Kasim.

“Any footage or information can be uploaded here. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Please quote log number 69 of 07.07.22.”