CCTV footage of a man wandering the streets of Birmingham city centre moments before he allegedly began stabbing people at random has been released by West Midlands Police.
One man has died and a man, 19 and woman, 32, were taken to hospital with critical injuries. Five other people were seriously injured when the suspect began attacking people Sunday between 12:30 am and 2:20am (local time).
Police have launched a murder investigation and believe all incidents are linked.
“The events during the early hours of this morning are tragic, shocking and understandably frightening,” Chief Superintendent Steve Graham, responsible for policing in Birmingham said.
Savvas Sfrantzis who owns a restaurant near where one of the attacks took place told Sky News UK he saw a man stab a female “several time in the neck” with a small knife and walk away calmly.
“She screamed ‘he’s stabbing me’ but everybody thought he was robbing her... he wasn’t concerned, he wasn’t panicked or anything, he was just walking, even after he stabbed the girl,” Mr Sfrantzis said.
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The witness said several people attempted to chase after the man but lost him before police could arrive.
Police have released CCTV footage of the man they say is wanted on suspicion the murder. In the video he is seen wearing a black tracksuit and walks around aimlessly before he appears to yell at somebody off camera and walks out of sight.
Superintendent Graham said police were alerted to the first stabbing in Constitution Hill about 12.30am and then another in a nearby street near Snow Hill railway station.
Police said they are still trying to establish details about the attacks. The suspect allegedly moved through the city centre attacking more people in different locations over about 90 minutes.
At 1.52am an attack in Irving Street left a man fatally injured, with emergency services called to another attack about 2am in Hurst Street.
No arrests have been made. Police have urged anyone with mobile phone footage to come forward.
“At this stage we believe that the attacks were random and we have no indication of a motive. I would urge people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to us,” Superintendent Graham said.
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