A knife man who murdered one man and wounded seven other people in a stabbing rampage across Birmingham city centre is being hunted by police forces. The first stabbing was in Constitution Hill around 12:30am then the killer wandered south, apparently attacking at random, according to officers.
The stabbing is not being seen as a terrorism-related attack, however, there has not been a concrete conclusion as the investigations are ongoing. West Midlands Police have said that it also does not seem gang related or connected to disorder and view it as an isolated attack.
Murder inquiry detectives said they were hunting a single suspect from the incident. Police forces have urged anyone with CCTV or mobile footage to contact local authorities and submit the information.
One man died, another man and a woman suffered critical injuries and five other people were left with non-life threatening injuries. Police have stated that there was no evidence showing that the stabbing were a hate crime.
An eye-witness who was out celebrating her birthday described how she helped one of the victims who was “bleeding heavily” after there were loud shouts. The woman, named Nikita Denton, had helped and supported the lady with her friend as paramedics rushed to the scene. The stabbing had occurred in four different locations within a mile radius. Officers have said that they are linking the separate attacks.
Fourteen ambulances attended the scene along with 12 paramedic officers who were sent to help. St. John Ambulance volunteers based at the Arcadian nightspot also treated casualties. The streets in the area had already been closed to traffic due to coronavirus restrictions. West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner said police would be working with the council to see if they were any further measures that need to be taken in the Birmingham city centre.