Confronting photos have revealed the chilling aftermath of a fatal samurai sword attack that shocked residents in a quiet suburban street in broad daylight.
After the man was found lying dead in a Forest Lodge street in Sydney’s inner west, confronting photos emerged of a fake gun, black balaclava and knuckledusters left next to his bloodied body.
A man and woman remain on the run after emergency services were called to Hereford Street at Forest Lodge about 12.40pm on Friday following reports a man had been attacked with a samurai sword.
The man died at the scene and is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be a 30-year-old man.
Shocked neighbours said they heard an altercation and a woman screaming before they saw the victim stagger down the street and collapse near intersection of Minogue Crescent.
One witness said she heard a woman yelling: ‘Get away. Get the f**k away from me’.
Lynne Charlesworth recalled the victim’s final moments as he tried desperately to flee the scene before he succumbed to his severe injuries.
‘I heard a woman in the street yelling out ‘don’t’ and screaming and I rushed out, thinking she was being attacked,’ she told reporters on Saturday.
‘When I ran out of the house, I saw a man slumped in the street covered in blood.’
Her car was covered in the victim’s blood.
‘I told him to stay still and he started to roll across the street,’ Ms Charlesworth said.
‘He got to our car, laid back on it and pulled himself up. He was doing anything to get away, anything at all. His head was covered in blood. I couldn’t tell you what his features were.’
Police have released descriptions of a woman and man seen by witnesses running from the scene, and appealed for help from the public to locate the pair.
Police would like to speak to a woman described as Caucasian, aged in her early 20s, thin build, about 178cm tall, with bleached blonde hair and dark coloured roots.
She was wearing a black singlet and maroon three-quarter pants at the time.
Her male companion was described as Caucasian, aged in his late 20s medium build, about 178cm tall with short brown hair.
‘Police want to reassure the community that the attack is not considered random,’ a NSW Police statement said.
Police seized a firearm and a number of weapons to be forensically examined but said no shots were fired.
Officers from Leichhardt Police joined forces with detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad to establish Strike Force Hedda to investigate the man’s death.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police are yet to reveal what caused the victim’s fatal injuries, but said a man and woman were seen fighting with him before his death.
A wide-scale manhunt continued on Saturday for the pair, who reportedly live on the street where the deadly attack occurred.
‘We’ve spoken to a number of witnesses who tell us shortly before we were called a man and a woman were in an altercation with another man,’ Acting Superintendent Sam Crisafulli said.
‘It was a violent attack with very, very serious consequences.’