A shopkeeper has been killed and another man seriously injured after a suspected machete attack in Rotherham this afternoon.
South Yorkshire Police said emergency services were called to Grosvenor Road, Eastwood, shortly after 2pm.
A police spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene, one man was found dead and a second man seriously injured. The second man has been taken to hospital where he remains undergoing treatment.
“The incident follows sightings of a man brandishing a machete in Eastwood and Rotherham town centre.
“The investigation is at an early stage and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
“A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.
“At present there is a large police presence is in the area and this will remain in place to reassure residents.”
Omar Mehban, a friend of the dead man, said: “He was a wonderful, happy man, great to get on with. It’s his wife and kids I feel so sorry for. He should’ve been celebrating Eid tomorrow.
“It’s shocking, hard to believe.”
Witnesses reported seeing a man with a machete running through the streets, before being Tasered by police officers in the Tesco supermarket car park, off Market Street.
Richard Cattley Tweeted: “A man has just ran past me in Rotherham town centre wielding a machete covered in blood shouting move. Police everywhere.”
Rich Sharpe Tweeted: “Hear that a machete-wielding man had to be Tasered whilst running through the town centre.”
And Chloe Leah Tweeted: “It’s so different watching a man on television and videos with a machete, but when you actually drive past him in Rotherham... shookup.”
Tesco said it was co-operating with police.