A TEENAGE boy was knifed to death just 40 seconds after walking into a station last night as cops today hunt for his killer.
Louis Johnson, 16, was stabbed in front of shocked commuters during rush hour at East Croydon station in south east London, yesterday
British Transport Police said the boy was attacked on a bridge moments after he arrived at the station with a pal.
Horrified witnesses claimed to have seen a machete-wielding man, and the teen slumped on the floor bleeding after the attack just after 4.30pm.
He died at the scene and police are hunting the killer who fled on foot.
A terrified shop worker heard the brutal attack, saying: “I saw the guy who was stabbed.
“He was screaming and shouting in pain. He was bent down, he was bleeding a lot.
“He was not saying anything, he was just shouting. There were people helping him, he was surrounded by people.
“Station staff were shouting and I pulled the shutters down because I was afraid the guy with the knife might come and do something to us.”
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And Maria Jandova, 20, told The Sun: “I had just got off the train when I heard lots of screaming.
“I saw a boy in his early 20s slumped then falling on the floor. He looked like a nice boy with nice clothes.
“He was wearing jeans and a jacket — just a normal young guy.”
A shocked witness last night told The Mirror: “I was passed by someone with a machete when walking up to East Croydon station.
“As I reached the top of the stairs there was blood everywhere and a lad slumped in the ticket office by the barriers.
“It didn’t look great, staff and security were on hand.”
Cops have told Louis’ heartbroken family of the murder, and are yet to make any arrests.
Detective Chief Inspector Sam Blackburn said: “This was a senseless killing at an extremely busy time of the day, and my thoughts are with Louis’s family at this painfully difficult time.
“For such a young man to lose his life in these circumstances is truly devastating, and I would like to reassure everyone that a thorough investigation is well under way.
“With that in mind, we continue to appeal for anyone with information to get in touch as a matter of urgency. The incident was over within a matter of 40 seconds, but I know many other passengers or members of the public would have seen what happened. If you have not already spoken with police, please get in touch.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted last night: “Deeply saddened to learn a young man has lost his life. My thoughts are with his loved ones.
“I’m in touch with senior Met officers. The community will see an increased police presence & extra police powers have been authorised.
“I urge anyone with information to come forward.”
Detective Superintendent Williams said last night: “There is a heavy police presence at the scene and the air ambulance reportedly landed nearby in Park Hill Park.
“We have now launched a murder enquiry and I am urgently appealing for any witnesses to get in touch.
“We believe the assault happened near the back entrance to East Croydon station near Ruskin Square, shortly after 4.30pm.
“If you were in the area and witnessed any altercation, please contact us as soon as possible.
“Alongside the Met, throughout the evening, we’ll be increasing our patrols in the East Croydon area and we have authorised additional Section 60 Stop and Search powers.”
Anyone with information should contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 395 of 27/01/2020. Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.