Police have launched a murder investigation after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death in the street during a brutal gang attack.
Emergency services rushed to the scene near to a McDonald's restaurant on College Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham at about 7.30pm last night (Mon).
The schoolboy, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead in the street from knife wounds despite the efforts of paramedics.
West Midlands Police said the victim was attacked at the junction with Wardour Grove by up to seven offenders, who ran off in the direction of Chester Road.
The force said they had immediately launched a murder investigation and flooded the area with officers in a search for those responsible.
Cops are also speaking to witnesses and fast-tracking CCTV enquiries.
Detective Inspector Ranj Sangha, from the force's homicide unit, said: "This is a shocking and senseless tragedy.
"Another young life has been taken far too soon.
"We have officers with the boy's family who are facing the cruellest of news this evening. My heart goes out to them.
"We will be leaving no stone unturned in our hunt for the callous individuals responsible for this, or for anyone harbouring them, knowing what they have done."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via Live Chat via their website or by calling 101 quoting log number 3313 of 31/5.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.