Multiple people have been stabbed in Birmingham city centre, with police declaring a major incident.
West Midlands Police confirmed that one man has died and seven others are injured, two seriously.
Officers were called to reports of a stabbing at around 12.30am on Sunday, and responded to four separate attacks in total.
The first attack took place on Constitution Hill around 12.30am, before incidents on Livery Street, Irving Street and Hurst Street around 2.20am.
Cops set up a cordon at the junction of Hurst Street – a nightlife spot in the city centre – and Bromsgrove Street, near the city's Gay Village.
The force said: "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.
"Detectives are following a number of lines of enquiry and we’ve increased our uniformed and armed response in the city.
"We continue to hold a number of scenes across the city, including Livery Street, Irving Street and Hurst Street."
Chief Superintendent Steve Graham there is no suggestion stabbings in Birmingham were “motivated by hate”, nor terror-related.
Officers are now hunting a male suspect, but have not released a description.
Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat on their website or call 101.
Cara Curran, who works as a club promoter at Birmingham’s Arcadian Centre, told the BBC there were “more and more fights” in clubs near the complex.
She said: "It was one group of boys against another group of boys and it seemed quite targeted."
Ms Curran claims that a lot of people were being kicked out of clubs as police officers filed in, and that she heard racial slurs during the "multicultural night".
She added: "Their body language from leaving the club was like they were prepared for something, they were not just having an argument and then fighting, it was straight into fists being thrown. There was not much talking going on.
"Drinks were being dropped, bottles that they had obviously bought in the club, rings were falling off so jewellery was going everywhere, clothes were being torn.
"One of the males actually ended up with his hair being pulled out and left with a bald patch."
Many people had been seated at outdoor tables eating and drinking on Saturday evening, the BBC reports.
The streets in the area had already been closed to traffic due to coronavirus restrictions.
Officers have urged people to stay away from the area and remain calm.
The injured are now being treated at local hospitals.
One eyewitness tweeted: “I’ve literally just witnessed a stabbing...in Birmingham Gay Village, while on a facetime call.
"I am shook and I just wanna cry."
Another said: "Pretty scary tonight – stabbings around Hurst Street and the gay village. So much police – hope people are safe."
A third added: "Imagine leaving your apartment building in the Arcadian to find blood all over the floor there and to be told there’s been multiple stabbings on Hurst Street. What world do we live in."