TWO men were taken to hospital after gun shots were fired at a venue in Smethwick in the early hours of this morning (Monday June 17).

A man in his 40s and another man in his 20s were taken to hospital with serious injuries after police were alerted to Avenue Bar and Restaurant on Rolfe Street at around 3.30am.

A woman was also taken to hospital with injuries and has since been discharged but the two men remain in hospital for treatment.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: “We're reviewing CCTV and carrying out other enquiries to identify who was responsible.

“Officers are increasing their patrols the area in the coming days as we know how concerning this incident is for the community.

“Road closures are in place in the surrounding area while we carry out our enquiries and motorists are advised to use alternative routes.”

Anyone with any information about the incident or anyone who was at the venue is asked to contact police via Live Chat on the force website or call 101 quoting 412 of June 17.