ONE man was killed and seven people hurt with the killer on the run after a string of stabbings unfolded in Birmingham city centre overnight.
Cops are today hunting for the person responsible for the two hour "indiscriminate" rampage across the city as they launched a murder investigation.
A man was killed with another man and woman seriously injured.
Another five were injured although their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening after the attacks unfolded between 12.30am and 2.20am.
West Midlands Police today said they were doing "all we can" to find the perpetrator as they declared a major incident.
Chief Superintendent Steve Graham, responsible for policing in Birmingham, said the victims appeared to have been chosen at random.
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He said: “The events during the early hours of this morning are tragic, shocking and understandably frightening.
“Please be assured that we are doing absolutely everything we can to find whoever was responsible and try to understand what exactly happened."
He added: "In the meantime, we’d ask anyone who’s in the city to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to us."
Police believe the attacks began on Constitution Hill, north of the city centre, and the suspect worked north-to-south.
Crime scenes have now also been set up at including Livery Street, Irving Street and Hurst Street.
Chief Supt Graham there was no suggestion the stabbings were “motivated by hate” or that it was terror-related.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said those in the area should be "very vigilant".
Staff at Birmingham LGBT bar Eden locked customers inside as police swarmed the streets just after midnight with owner Cal Eden describing it as an "indiscriminate" attack.
The 46-year-old told The Sun Online: "It was really, really frightening. I’ve never seen so many police."
He said he believed the chaos first began in Snow Hill station and then spread through the Gay Village.
The club owner added: "It was just an indiscriminate attack by the sounds of it.
“It was really scary. We closed the doors because we didn’t want to scare our customers."
Blood splatters were seen on the streets as cops cordoned off a number of crime scenes across the city.
A knife with a black handle was seen being collected by a forensic officer.
One witness, Cara, told BBC Radio Five Live she thought it was "one group of boys against another group of boys".
She told the station she had heard racial slurs during the incident, adding it was a "multicultural night" in the clubs near the Arcadia complex.
The witness added: "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."
Police have today increased their uniformed and armed response across the city.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, said: “Last night’s events are truly terrible and have shocked the people of Birmingham, the West Midlands and the country.
“My first thoughts are with the victims and their families at this time.
“I have every faith in West Midlands Police who are working extremely quickly on this investigation.
“My thanks also go to the ambulance and hospital staff who are working around the clock to help those who have been injured.”
Footage emerged this morning appearing to show a man being arrested however police have said it was connected to last night's incident.
West Midlands Police said there had not been any reports of gunshots during the incident.
West Midlands mayor Andy Street said his thoughts are with those affected by the major incident in Birmingham but asked people not to speculate about it.
He tweeted: "I would ask everyone to not speculate about the incident in Birmingham. West Midlands Police are set to hold a press conference this morning. My thoughts are with those affected and my thanks to the emergency services working to deal with this incident.
"The city remains open for business as usual this morning but clearly people are asked to avoid the immediate area surrounding Hurst Street while police carry out their investigation."
Councillor Ian Ward added: "There is no room in Birmingham for this level of violence, and we ask that everyone co-operate with the Police and follow their guidance."
The police cordon is near the area known as the Gay Village in the centre of Birmingham.
Many people had been out on Saturday night after the area recently reopened, with the streets in the area closed to traffic due to coronavirus restrictions.
Police said they were unable to speculate on the cause of the incident, adding that it could "take some time" to confirm anything.
West Midlands Fire Service said: "Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the events in Birmingham overnight, including our emergency services colleagues who responded."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via Live Chat on their website or call 101.
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