Police are continuing their enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Writtle last night.
Officers were called at 8pm yesterday, Friday January 31, to reports two men had been assaulted outside the Rose and Crown pub in The Green.
One of the men died at the scene. The other was taken to hospital for treatment. He has since been discharged from hospital.
The victims, who are both aged 19 and from the Chelmsford area, had suffered stab wounds.
Four men were arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody for questioning.
Detective Inspector Greg Wood, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Officers have been working throughout the night and are continuing today to take witness statements and gather information to help establish the circumstances around this tragic incident.
“We are treating it as a targeted attack based on our enquiries so far.
“I’d like to thank members of the public for their help and ask anyone who has information but has yet to come forward to please call us, or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously.
“I know people will be concerned and officers are carrying out extra patrols today in Writtle.
“I’d ask anyone who has information or any concerns to please speak to them or to call us.”
Contact the North Major Crime Team on 101 quoting incident 1107 of Friday 31 January.
Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org