A shopping centre is in lockdown after a young boy was attacked with a hammer.
The violent attack happened at around 4.30pm today outside Primark in Wulfrun Square, Wolverhampton.
The 16-year-old victim was rushed to hospital to be treated for serious injuries which are believed to be life threatening.
An urgent manhunt has been launched to find the suspect, Birmingham Live reported.
A large section of the town centre has been taped off and a blue forensics tent erected as police investigate.
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: “Police are currently at Wulfrun Square, Wolverhampton following reports of a teenager being hit with a hammer just after 4.30pm.
“A 16-year-old boy has been taken to hospital with injuries which are believed to be life threatening.
“Investigations are ongoing and CCTV is being reviewed.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the force via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight or by calling 101 anytime.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting log number 1734 for April 15.