A man has been arrested after two men were shot and killed at an industrial site in the West Midlands, police have said.
The shooting is the third in three days in the area, after a man was seriously injured nearby on Tuesday, and bullets were fired towards a college on Monday.
In the latest shooting two men, who are yet to be formally identified, were found dead in a parked car just before 3.30pm on Wednesday.
It is thought they were killed at industrial units in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, just after 1pm and both were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said a suspect was detained after a vehicle was stopped in Carnforth, Lancashire, on Thursday morning and has been taken in for questioning.
A double murder investigation has been launched and West Midlands Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro from the force’s homicide unit said: “This is a fast-moving investigation, a real team effort involving officers who’ve worked around the clock since the discovery of the bodies to trace the person we believe is responsible.
“The arrest is a significant development but our inquiries continue and I would appeal to anyone with information about what’s happened, or anyone who was in the area at the time and saw or heard anything suspicious, to get in touch.”
A resident who did not want to be named said: “I heard bangs in the afternoon but there’s always loud bangs going on as it’s a busy work site.”
“Nobody would bat an eyelid at the sound of a gunshot because us residents would just assume it’s machinery or something like that.
“That is probably why it took so long to find them (the two men) after the shooting. I heard another motorist found them anyway. It must have been awful.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service said they were called to the scene at 3.30pm.
A spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered two male patients, both of whom were inside a car, it is believed they had been there for some time.
“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save either of them and they were confirmed dead at the scene.”
#BREAKING: We’ve launched a double murder investigation after 2 men were found shot dead in a car on an industrial estate.— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) October 1, 2020
The men were discovered fatally injured inside a vehicle off Moor Street, Brierley Hill.
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The shooting comes a day after a man in his 20s was shot in the arm and neck in nearby Cradley Heath at around 10.30pm.
He was found in a Vauxhall with a smashed-out window in Upper High Street where he is believed to have driven to after being shot elsewhere.