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A man has been killed allegedly over his Rolex after he was attacked with a hammer in Birmingham.
The incident took place outside the Shard End shopping centre yesterday (Wednesday, March 15), with the man found in a critical state and declared dead at the scene.
The incident, said by shoppers to have occurred in broad daylight, is reported byBirminghamLiveto have been caused by a robbery attempt for the watch.
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Paramedics are understood to have tried to save the man, with a pair of ambulances and an air ambulance in attendance, but nothing could be done.
An investigation has since been launched by West Midlands Police which stated it had launched a murder investigation after he was found with "fatal head injuries".
The force said that the victim’s family had been informed and in a release said it was “continuing to keep an open mind around the motive for the attack”.
A West Midlands Ambulance spokesperson said: "We were called at 2.55pm to an incident on Heath Way, Shard End, Birmingham. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.
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"Upon arrival, we found a man in a critical condition. Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support to him.”
They added: “Unfortunately, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased."
West Midlands Police said that a cordon remained in place while it carries out “extensive enquiries to establish who was responsible”.
It announced that an increased presence would remain in the area.
Speaking to BirminghamLive, one witness said: "A 50-year-old bloke has been attacked with a hammer or something similar for his Rolex.
"It was crazy, there were helicopters overhead and dozens of police and ambulances. All this was happening at the end of the school day.
"There were kids around, it's terrible. A blue tent has since been set up. It doesn't look good."
The force added: “We'd ask anyone who can assist our enquiries to contact us via 101, or Live Chat on our website, and quote log 2653 of 15 March.”
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