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4 August 2016, 14:58 | Updated: 4 August 2016, 15:19
A 16-year-old boy has died in hospital three days after he was stabbed in Shrewsbury in what police believe was a targeted attack.
The teenager was found injured in the Meole Brace area of Shrewsbury at about 9.45pm on Monday and had been in a critical condition.
Three people had been arrested in connection with the West Mercia Police inquiry which is now being treated as a murder investigation.
The boy died at about 6.30am on Thursday.
Officers who were called to a person being stabbed on a housing estate found the badly injured victim in Wayford Close.
There were reports of a number of people spotted running from the scene.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Moxley, of West Mercia Police, said: "This is an extremely tragic incident and my thoughts and condolences go out to the victim's family who are being fully supported by officers during this difficult time.
"Our inquiries are ongoing and a thorough and robust murder investigation is now under way.
"We understand incidents of this nature are concerning but I would like to reassure the local community that we are doing all in our power to bring those responsible to justice.''
He also called on the public for their help in tracing the culprit.
Mr Moxley said: "We continue to appeal for information and are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything on Monday evening in Meole Brace, particularly between 9pm and 10pm.
"If you have any information, no matter how small, please contact police.''
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “Luckily incidents like this are rare in our communities. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family at this time.”
“Having discussed this with the Chief Constable I am reassured that the force has the right resources in place to investigate the incident and I have every confidence in the officers involved. Whilst this would appear to be a targeted, isolated incident, I am pleased the force has increased police patrols and visibility nearby to reassure the local community.”