A teenager plunged two knives into the chest of a man after throwing his bike at him, horrified witnesses have said.
The man was stabbed to death on the street in Kingsway, Huyton, yesterday evening after a row inside or close to a convenience store.
Onlookers watched in terror at about 8pm as a teen confronted an older man, in his mid-20s, and threw a red bike at him.
The victim was knocked to the ground before witnesses said the attacker pulled out two knives and used both to stab him repeatedly in the chest.
Witnesses then said they saw the killer dispose of at least one knife in a nearby bin and ride off on the same red bike.
Locals said a neighbour who had seen it unfold initially tried to chase after the teenager.
One woman, who said her daughter saw the events unfold, told the ECHO: “She’d come out of the shop with her mate and seen the teenager on a bike and there was an older man, she said about 23, waiting over the road.
“The teen on the bike picked his bike up and pushed him to the ground with it.
“He then got on him with a knife in each hand.”
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She said: “He then crossed over, put one on the bin on this side and kept one and got off.”
The mum said her daughter heard words had been exchanged between the two of them before the violence happened.
She added: “They’d heard some of the conversations and it sounded like a prearranged thing. They said it sounded like a set up.
“A couple actually got in a car and tried to chase down the lad but turned back.”
This morning, a large area had been sealed off by police including part of Kingsway and the car park at the Oak Tree pub.
Paramedics rushed the victim to hospital, but he died.
A murder investigation is now underway.
House-to-house enquiries are now being carried out by police as officers called the attack “tragic”.
On the Huyton murder, Detective Inspector Jennie Beck of Merseyside Police said: “This is a tragic incident which has sadly led to yet another victim of knife crime on the streets of Merseyside over the last few days.
“We’re determined to find whoever was responsible as soon as possible and bring them to justice. We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of Kingsway, Runnymede Road and Liverpool Road around 8pm and saw, heard or captured anything – be it descriptions of those involved, CCTV, dashcam or other images.
“These details could be vital to our investigation.
“What has happened tonight has proven once again how knife crime causes devastation in our communities – this time with fatal consequences. We’ll be in the area tonight speaking to local residents, so tell us what you know and we will do the rest.”
A spokeswoman for the force added: “An investigation is now underway and a number of lines of enquiry are being pursued. CCTV, house-to-house and forensic enquiries are also being carried out, with high visibility police patrols in the local area.
“Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC on Twitter, call 101, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting log 1004 of 19 April.”