Top UK grime star shot for second time in just 10 months

A top UK grim star has been wounded in a shooting for the second time in just 10 months.

Saphan Robinson was shot in the backside on Saturday night, with the bullet lodging in his thigh, Birmingham Live reports.

The 26-year-old from Birmingham – known by his stage name SafOne or Safone – is in hospital but his condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

In July last year, Robinson survived after he was blasted in the chest by a gunman wielding a sawn off shotgun in the same neighbourhood.

Saturday night’s incident happened in Selcroft Avenue, Quinton, at 10.40pm. People who live in the area heard "several gunshots" that were mistaken for fireworks.

A second man suffered a gunshot wound to his arm, which is also not thought to be life-threatening.

After the July 9 shooting in Bourne Green, Quinton – about half a mile from Selcroft Avenue – the Radio 1 star posted an Instagram photo showing him on a stretcher.

In an accompanying message Mr Robinson hit out at the Birmingham Mail’s coverage of the shooting.

The grime star is regularly played on BBC Radio 1 and has performed at sell-out shows across the country.

He has a huge online following and in each of the last two years he has been included in music magazine polls of the Top 20 grime artists.

Best known for 2015’s She Wants A Man From Brum he also appeared on P. Money’s 10/10 Remix hit last year.

Police cordoned off the the base of the two residential buildings, between Tintern House and Netley House, while they carried out investigations on Saturday night.

Neighbours told Birmngham Live they heard "several gunshots", with some locals believing they were fireworks.

Resident Jennifer Ntumba, who has lived in the area for more than 10 years, said she was woken up by "bangs" during the night.

She said: "I looked over at my clock and it was about 10.10pm.

"I took note of the time it happened in case it was serious.

"I have lived here for 11 years and about two years after I moved here, there was a shooting a bit further up.

"But there has been nothing like that since and certainly nothing on this scale.

"The police cordon was lifted at around 2pm on Sunday."

West Midlands Police said in a statement: "Police are seeking information after two men suffered gunshot wounds in Selcroft Avenue, Quinton at around 10.40 pm, 12 May.

"The shooting, which resulted in one man being hit in the thigh and the other receiving a wound to his upper arm, took place in the car park, between Tintern House and Netley House.

"Both men, one in his late 20s and the other in his early 30s, were taken to hospital for treatment to injuries that were serious, but not believed to be life- threatening.

"No arrests have been made and police investigations are on-going. Anyone with information can contact West Midlands Police giving log number 2802 of 12 May.

"Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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