A man has died after being repeatedly run over in an Iceland supermarket car park.
The 47-year-old was hit five times by a car at around 11.30pm on Sunday in Dagenham, east London, and pronounced dead at the scene.
Locals saw paramedics performing CPR on the man as they battled to save his life.
Some locals said a burnt out BMW was found nearby, but police have not confirmed if this was involved in the killing.
Detectives believe the victim was deliberately harmed and have launched a murder inquiry. No arrests have been made.
A shop worker who was about to leave after a night shift saw paramedics working on the stricken man.
Shahid Khattack, 32, said: ‘I was about to come out of the shop out the back when I saw the paramedics and emergency services.
‘They were still working on him, pumping his chest, doing CPR, trying to save him. It was a shocking thing to see.
‘We have a lot of trouble and threats from shoplifters, but you don’t expect to see that.
‘I think it is probably gang related. Some people I’ve spoken to the area said the police found a burnt out BMW 20 minutes later just up the road in Dagenham.
‘So they must have run him over then driven up the road and set the car on fire.
Mr Khattack added: ‘People I’ve spoken to who saw it said he was run over about four or five times.’
He said he saw two ambulances and around two police cars, adding: ‘Some people said they even saw armed police. It was crazy and all very scary.’
The supermarket remained closed yesterday as forensic teams combed the car park and took pictures of the area.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley said: ‘We believe the victim was deliberately harmed and we are treating this incident as a murder inquiry.
‘We need to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious.’
Police are working to locate the family of the man who died ahead of a post-mortem examination.
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