A MURDER investigation has been launched after a double stabbing in Northfield left one teenager dead and another fighting for his life.
An 18-year-old man, from the area, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.
Police were called to Bristol Road South about 5pm yesterday (Friday) to reports of a stabbing outside KFC.
Sheriff Mbye, 18, from Lee Bank, was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital but died two hours later from multiple stab wounds.
Another 19-year-old man, who was being tended to by customers in a barber shop when police arrived, also sustained serious stab wounds and is currently in critical condition in hospital.
It is believed Sheriff arrived in a white Audi which then sped off. The car was later found by police abandoned in Hickman Gardens, Ladywood.
A small number of other men were also believed to have been involved, police are working to identify them.
Today (Saturday) part of Bristol Road South remains sealed off while specialist forensic examiners continue their search for clues.
Det Insp Harry Harrison, from Force CID, who is leading the investigation said: “My condolences go to the family of Sheriff who are heartbroken at losing their loved one.
“I would like to reassure them many people who were in the area at the time responded admirably to the terrible situation which confronted them.
“Both victims were tended to, details of possible people or vehicles involved were relayed to police and vital clues were guarded.
“Their assistance has been invaluable to our investigation.”
Det Ins Harrison added he would also like to thank those people who had helped police so far and asked others to follow their lead by doing the right thing.
“If you were in the area at the time and you have not yet spoken to police, please do so now,” he said.
“You may have seen the actual stabbings or the argument and scuffle beforehand.
“You could have possibly seen the Audi arriving at the scene or racing away after the attack – if you did, you need to call us immediately.
“This will have been a very frightening situation to witness but we are very experienced at supporting people who are worried about giving information.”
Police are continuing with door-to-door inquiries and murder detectives will be trawling through the hours of CCTV footage downloaded from cameras in the area.
A post-mortem will take place later today to determine the precise cause of death.
Anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.