West Midlands Police put out a search for a gunman after two security stewards were shot outside
Shortly after some ticketless fans had been escorted from the sold-out, 12,500-capacity venue, someone in the crowd pulled a firearm and let off a couple of rounds.
Both stewards – neither of whom have been named – were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds.
One was released the following morning. At first, the other steward’s condition wasn’t considered to be life-threatening, but radio news reports said it deteriorated during the course of the following day.
Detective Chief Inspector Kenny Bell of West Midlands Police issued a description of the man they were seeking to BBC’s FiveLive radio, and told the station the crime scene had been sealed for a forensic search and his force was already examining film from the CCTV cameras outside the NEC foyer.
He stressed that there’s nothing to suggest the crime is gang-related, but condemned the attitude of someone who went to a show with a loaded gun in instead of a ticket.
— John Gammon