Police are hunting for a man and a woman after a man was found with fatal head injuries just metres away from an inner-west Sydney primary school.
The man had staggered down a street in the inner west Sydney suburb of Forest Lodge before dying in the middle of the road.
He had reportedly been slashed with a samurai sword, according to news.com.au.
A pistol was also found on the ground outside a house, linked by a trail of blood more than 100 metres long.
NSW Police said they were awaiting the results of a post-mortem to determine the man’s injuries and what weapons had been used.
“Police cannot rule out any type of weapons that may have been used, and this includes samurai swords,” a NSW Police spokesman told Yahoo7.
In the air and on the ground, a frantic manhunt immediately got underway for a man and woman seen fleeing in the aftermath.
“We heard a woman yelling down the street, yelling words to the effect of ‘get the f*** away from me’,” witness Alexander DuMaurier said.
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“This is clearly a violent attack with very, very serious consequences,” Acting Superintendent Sam Crisafulli from Leichhardt LAC said.
Witnesses told police the man, bleeding heavily, managed to stagger some way down the street before collapsing in the middle of the road.
Paramedics arrived within minutes but were unable to do anything for him and he was declared dead at the scene.
The man’s body remained lying on the road, covered by a white sheet, until it was removed at about 5.30pm on Friday afternoon.
The students at the nearby Forest Lodge Public School were at a sports day when the incident unfolded and were diverted to nearby Glebe for pickup in the afternoon.
On Friday evening residents returning home from work were escorted past the crime scene area to their houses.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.