Five men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed to death in Liverpool.
Officers rushed to Beechwood Avenue in Halewood at around 6.40pm on Friday following reports that a man in his 30s had been stabbed.
It is believed that other offenders may have fled the scene in a vehicle shortly after the gruesome hacking.
The man was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Merseyside Police said it may have been a “targeted attack” but the exact motives are still unclear at this stage.
Five men, aged between 22 and 62, were arrested and taken into custody for questioning, where they remain.
Members of Merseyside Police remained in the area on Saturday morning to carry out house-to-house, forensic investigations and witness inquiries.
The victim’s family are being supported by specialist officers.
Detective Chief Inspector Sue Hinds said: “Although five men are in custody, these are still the early stages of an investigation after a young man’s life was last night tragically taken.
“We’re still looking to speak to anyone with information to assist.
“We believe that this was a targeted attack, the reasons behind which we are keeping an open mind.
“We think that the offenders made off in a vehicle so if you saw or captured any vehicles driving off at speed in the area let us know.
“It is absolutely vital that anyone who saw, heard or knows anything comes forward, either directly or anonymously, so we can act quickly.
“We’re determined to find answers and put all of those responsible before the courts.”
Anyone with information can contact the Merseyside Police social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police Contact Centre, quoting reference 21000752630
Information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.