"a tragic killing which understandably caused concern"
Two men have been convicted for the murder of a father-of-four in a drive-by shooting.
Hassan Tasleem, aged 25, of Dudley, was convicted of murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and perverting the course of justice.
Gurdeep Sandhu, also aged 25, of Dudley, was found guilty of the same charges following a three-month trial at Loughborough Crown Court.
Mohammed Haroon Zeb was shot outside his home in Dudley.
Known as Haroon, he was the manager of Midland Taxis in Brierley Hill.
He had pulled up outside his home in Queen’s Cross on January 31, 2021, when he was shot in a drive-by.
Police believe the fatal shot came from a revolver which is yet to be recovered.
Mr Zeb was rushed to hospital but died later that day.
During the investigation, police used social media, phone records and CCTV to help connect Tasleem and Sandhu to the crime.
It was found that Tasleem fired the weapon while Sandhu drove the get-away car just after 12:30 am.
Both men fled the scene in a Volkswagen Golf which was on false plates and later found in Telford, Shropshire.
During the trial, it was heard that Mr Zeb was killed following a violent feud between two families. The feud has seen men run over by cars, one person stabbed to death and another threatened with a shotgun.
Mr Zeb was not believed to have been actively involved in the feud but a follower of what was going on. The reason he was targeted and subsequently killed remains unknown.
Both men have been found guilty and will be sentenced at a later date.
A third man, Shamraz Ali, aged 21, of Dudley, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
Detective Superintendent Jim Munro, who led the murder investigation, said:
“This was a carefully planned killing, and children have lost their father forever.”
“Nothing can ever take away that pain.
“We can only hope these convictions will take some dangerous men off the streets and the ongoing police work will bring an end to such violence.
“We’re grateful to the Dudley community who supported us during this investigation.”
A spokesperson for the force added: “This was a tragic killing which understandably caused concern within the community and we’ve been working to ensure there hasn’t been, and won’t be, a repeat.”