Hooded gunmen shot dead a city centre nightclub doorman and injured two others after being refused entry in the early hours yesterday.
The 10-strong gang opened fire outside Premonition nightclub in Bristol Street, Birmingham, at 3.40am.
A 24 year-old Asian doorman, known as Taz, is understood to have been shot in the neck and chest and later died in hospital.
Witnesses told the Sunday Mercury that club licensee Robert Brown was also hit along with another doorman.
Last night a spokesman for West Midlands Police said the two injured men were being treated for gunshot wounds.
The drama unfurled shortly after 3.30am after the gang were turned away from the Radius nightclub, just doors away from Premonition.
A clubber there told the Sunday Mercury: "They were told they couldn't come in with their hoods on and so they left.
"Two minutes later we heard gunshots being fired and saw the gang running away in all directions from Premonition.
"The ambulance seemed to take a while to arrive but the police got there pretty quick.
"They questioned clubbers at Radius and stopped people from leaving until about 5.30am when theyhad completely cordoned off the area."
The clubber said he recognised some of the group as being members of Aston street gang, the Johnson Crew.
He said: "They were of varying ages from about 16 - 30. I recognised some of them as being Johnnies."
The Premonition nightclub is no stranger to controversy and yesterday's incident follows a similar shooting there in January.
Gunmen Paul Williams, 25, and Paul Singh, 27, were both jailed for seven years after Birmingham Crown Court heard how the pair had fired shots at the club with a sawn-off shotgun after being refused entry.
And two years ago father-of-two Paul Ridgeway, 23, collapsed and died in the club after taking ecstasy.
In April this year Birmingham licensing magistrates decided not to renew the club's drinks licence because of "serious disorder and poor management of the premises."
An appeal against the decision was abandoned last Friday and costs were awarded against licensee Mr Brown after a four-day hearing at Birmingham Crown Court.
The club was open because it still held an entertainment licence.
More than 30 officers were last night working on the murder inquiry led by Detective Chief Inspector Neil Beechey.
DCI Beechey, based at Canterbury Road police station, said: "The incident took place outside the Premonition nightclub at around 3.40am on Saturday.
"We have very few details at the moment and are urging witnesses to come forward."
It is understood officers combing the area discovered firearms residue near the scene, believed to have come from a handgun.
Anyone with information can call the incident room at Steelhouse Lane police station on 0845 113 5000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111...SUPL: