Police have named the man who died after being stabbed in the stomach in broad daylight in a targeted attack on Saturday afternoon as 24-year-old Mansoor Mahmood.
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Witnesses described seeing the Mr Mahmood staggering towards Dixi Chicken on High Street, Brierley Hill at around 4.45pm on October 15.
One witness, Takeaway worker Ahmad Sherzad, said that Mahmood had pleaded with him to ‘help me’ before collapsing on the floor.
Sherzad was serving customers when Mr Mahmood entered the shop.
Mr Sherzad, aged 20, said: “He had a hand to his waist and blood was coming out . He came up to counter and said ‘help me’ before fainting on to the floor.
“I went outside and called an ambulance.”
Police carrying out search in High Street , in Brierley Hill after man stabbed
“At first I thought it was some kind of joke when he walked in, but then I realised how serious it was.
“It was really scary for everyone inside – no-one knew where he had come from or what had happened.
“While I was outside my manager put a blanket over the man to keep him warm before the ambulance came.
“We’re all completely shocked.”
Staff tried to keep the victim warm by placing a blanket over him while police and paramedics arrived.
He was taken to hospital but was sadly was pronounced dead a short while later.
Police have said a forensic post mortem examination revealed he died as a result of a stab wound.
Detective Inspector Harry Harrison, from West Midlands Police’s Homicide Team said: “We are still piecing together the circumstances of Mr Mahmood death but strongly suspect this was a targeted attack and that the two people involved may have known each other.
“We have spoken to some witnesses already but I’m sure there are many more people who saw what happened, or saw the offender running away.
“If you saw anything – regardless of how insignificant you think it may be – and have not yet spoken to us, I would ask you to give me a call.”
Anyone with information can call 101 and ask for DI Harrison or, to speak anonymously, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.