A murder investigation has been launched after a man was killed at a shopping centre in Essex on Thursday.
Police were called to reports that a man had been attacked at Lakeside Shopping Centre, in Thurrock, at 4.30pm.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services and Essex police confirmed it has opened a murder investigation into the incident.
It is believed the man was attacked by two men, who have been described as black or Asian. One of the suspects was reportedly wearing blue ripped jeans, a white T-shirt, black trainers and a black puffer jacket, carrying a small bag, and the other was wearing a blue tracksuit and white trainers.
“I want to extend my condolences to the family after this awful attack,” said DCI Scott Egerton. “At the time of the assault, this area of the shopping centre will have been busy so I believe someone will have seen what happened.
“I need them to contact my team of dedicated, specialist officers and staff.
“I know this attack will cause concern but at this stage we believe this is a targeted attack and there’s no risk to the wider public.”