A man in his 30s was stabbed to death in south London with reports saying he had 'his throat slit in a row over cigarettes'.
He was stabbed in East Dulwich shortly after 2.30am this morning, the Met Police confirmed - becoming the 11th person to be killed in the capital this year.
The man, who has not been identified, died half an hour later at the scene. No one has been arrested in connection with the killing.
Local residents and business owners in East Dulwich have been shocked by the killing on their doorstep.
It appeared to have happened outside an off licence and the shop's assistant manager, Muhammad Khan, reportedly said his cousin - who has given a statement to police- was working when an argument broke out in the store.
He claimed two men involved were arguing about cigarettes before one took out a huge knife, around six inches long.
Mr Khan told the Daily Mail the entire incident lasted around 20 seconds.
He said: "They had an argument about cigarettes"
Mr Khan added: "The guy with the knife asked the other for free cigarettes, like as a favour or something. I don't know whether he knew him.
"They had an argument and he took out a knife. Everyone was trying to stop him."
Mr Khan said a staff member and customers tried to stop what was happening.
Another shop owner nearby claimed he'd been told by witnesses that the victim was slashed across the neck.
A manager at a pub opposite the scene said the bar had been 'quiet' on Saturday night.
A manager at The Bishop pub said: "We stop serving at 2am and we get people out pretty quickly.
"Last night was a quiet night; people were out by 2am and the staff were gone by 2.15am so none of us saw anything.
"It must have happened just after we all left."
The victim's body was removed from the scene at around 11.30am this morning and taken away in a private ambulance.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called at approximately 2.35am on Sunday, 10 February, to reports of a man stabbed in Lordship Lane, near the junction with East Dulwich Grove, SE22.
"Officers and London Ambulance Service attended.
"The victim, believed to be aged in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene at 03:04hrs.
"Formal identification and a post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.
"Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating.
"There have been no arrests at this early stage. Enquiries into the circumstances remain ongoing.