A man who was stabbed to death in Alice Springs last night was attacked by a gang of up to seven people brandishing weapons as part of a ‘community dispute’, the NT Independent understands.
Police responded to reports of people fighting at the Gillen home at about 2.30am this morning and found the man with life threatening injuries, understood to be stab wounds.
Officers gave first aid before St John Ambulance officers arrived, however the man passed away a short time later.
A police source said the man was from a community near Alice Springs and was at the Lewis Street home with a group of people.
“Another group of up to seven people arrived at the house brandishing multiple blunt weapons,” the source told the NT Independent.
“People locked themselves inside, but he (the victim) got stuck outside and unfortunately got stabbed multiple times.
“The (offending) group ran back down the street towards Ashwin Street and some people were arrested down there.”
Two men were arrested in relation to the incident.
The source said the attack was the result of a “community dispute”.
A neighbouring resident, who did not want to be named, said they heard screaming coming from the property at around 2.30 am.
“And you could hear screaming, men and women, smashing of glass and banging like someone was kicking a fence in constantly,” the neighbour told the Centralian Advocate.
“It sounded absolutely insane, like somebody was getting killed.”
Police investigators established a crime scene outside the home on Friday morning, with detectives from Crime Command, Regional Investigations Division continuing to investigate the incident.