Murder squad detectives have been granted more time to quiz nine people after a man was thought to have been beaten to death in Birmingham.
The 50-year-old victim, from the West Heath area of the city, died in hospital after what eye-witnesses described as a sickening attack in the early hours of Saturday.
West Midlands Police said officers were called to a parade of shops in Wychall Road, Northfield, at 1.30am following reports a man had been assaulted.
The man was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries.
Mum-of-two Maxine Carter, who lives opposite the shops, said she was awoken by the victim’s screams and also heard chilling calls from a woman pleading with his attackers to stop.
Ms Carter, aged 35, said: “I could hear a girl screaming and at first I just thought it was an argument between a boyfriend and girlfriend.
“I looked out of my bedroom window and I saw a man lying on the floor. I heard a girl say ‘Leave him alone now, he’s had enough’ and then I saw another man run up and kick the guy on the floor.
“He really put the boot in. They all ran off in the direction of the school.”
Detectives from the Major Investigation Unit were today continuing to question nine people, including a 22-year-old man, two men aged 19, another two aged 18, and a 16-year-old boy.
A 19-year-old woman and two 17-year-old girls are also being quizzed in connection with the murder inquiry.
Scrubland in front of a parade of shops on Wychall Road, near to Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, was cordoned off throughout the weekend.
The morning after the attack, neighbours reported a number of smashed bottles littering the floor by the chemist.
Work by forensic officers and house-to-house enquiries are continuing.
“Police investigating the death of a 50-year-old man in Northfield, Birmingham, are now treating the incident as a murder inquiry,” she said. “Officers were granted warrants of further detention to continue questioning six males and three females.”