A murder hunt was launched today after a young butcher was stabbed to death in his shop following a dispute.
The victim, thought to be in his early 20s, died at Halal Food Direct, in The Broadway, Wood Green, north London this afternoon.
Officers are yet to make an arrest, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.
A butcher who worked in a neighbouring shop said: ‘One of the staff from the butchers had an argument with a customer and the guy goes and stabbed him.
‘I don’t know if the guy used his own knife or grabbed one from the shop.’
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Police were alerted to the attack shortly after 3pm.
A police spokesman said: ‘A man believed to be in his early 20s was treated by the ambulance service, but died at the scene.’
The spokesman added: ‘It is believed he was an employee at the business. A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.’
A senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Steven Lawrence, said: ‘At this early stage it appears there was a dispute in the shop which resulted in the victim being stabbed. The male suspect then made off from the premises on foot.
‘This incident occurred in a busy area in the middle of the afternoon, and we need to hear from any witnesses who have not yet come forward.
‘Did you see anything that may be of use? Did you see in which direction the suspect ran off?
‘It is essential that anyone with information contacts the police as soon as possible.’
Police are still waiting for formal identification and confirmation that all next of kin are aware of the tragedy.