An eye witness of the Birmingham stabbings has given details of the horrifying scenes that unfolded in the City in the early hours of Sunday.
One person is dead and seven others were injured when a lone knifeman went on a stabbing spree in the second biggest city in the UK.
Police are currently searching for a man who is on the run following the attacks – which took place in four different parts of the city across a two hour period.
Local restaurant owner, Savvas Sfrantziz, saw one victim stabbed in the neck by the alleged knifeman – who he described as “black, in his 20s and wearing a hoodie.”
Speaking to Sky News on Sunday, Mr Sfrantziz recalled: “I saw him stabbing the girl several times in the neck. I was only about 20 yards away.
“She started screaming: 'He's stabbing me.' But everybody thought he was robbing her because she had a necklace.”
Mr Sfrantziz says the attacker had a calm demeanour as he went about his violent acts.
He said: “He wasn't concerned, he wasn't worried, after he stabbed the girl he started walking away.”
Police have suggested that the eight stabbing incidents were random and, although they are looking for one suspect, they don’t think the victims were linked.
West Midlands Police said in a statement: “We can now confirm that we've launched a murder investigation following the events in Birmingham city centre overnight.
“A man has tragically died. Another man and a woman have suffered serious injuries and five others have also been injured, although their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
“We believe the incidents, which took place between 12.30am and 2.20am, are linked and we're doing all we can to find whoever was responsible.”
Police have set up cordons in areas where the attacks took place, including Livery Street, Irving Street and Hurst Street.
Cops have reported the incident began in Constitution Hill in the north of the city centre, moving towards the junction of Livery Street and Barwick Street in the Snow Hill area.
The attacks then moved south to Irving Street and Hurst Street – with “multiple stabbings” at each location.
Updating via Twitter on Sunday afternoon, West Midlands Police stated: “Our investigation is moving rapidly this afternoon. We'd ask people to remain vigilant, and we'll issue more information as soon as we're able to.”
They have asked for witnesses to provide evidence via their investigation – code named Operation Mooring.