Digbeth shooting – police “disappointed” by public response

Investigations still ongoing.

Police investigating the murder of a 35 year old man outside a Birmingham nightclub last month say they are disappointed at the lack of co-operation from the public into the shooting. However, investigations remain ongoing and officers remain determined to bring those responsible to justice.

Sylvester Koroma, from Leicester, was shot in the abdomen outside the Rainbow Warehouse in Digbeth High Street late on Saturday 10th August. He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries on August 18th.

Detectives continue to investigate the shooting and are appealing for anyone who was at the club that evening to contact them. A total of seven people have now been arrested in connection with the incident. These include a 34 year old man and a 29 year old man from Leicester who were arrested on August 11th and remain on bail while enquiries are ongoing. Five others, all from Leicester, have also been arrested on charges related to the incident and have either been bailed or continue to help police with their enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Sab Johal, leading the police inquiry, said: “I am disappointed by the lack of co-operation from people who were at the Rainbow Warehouse that night in coming forward to give us information, but despite this, we remain dedicated to tracing those responsible. The motive for the shooting remains unclear but we believe this was a targeted attack. I re-appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time and has not yet spoken to police to get in touch.

“I would like to reassure anyone who has worries of any sort that stops them coming forward and speaking to the police, that we can support them in many ways to address those fears.”

Anyone with information which may aid the investigation should call the incident room on 0121 626 7191. Alternatively, people who do not want to speak with police officers directly can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.