A 22-year-old man from Adelaide’s south has died after an alleged assault in Hindley Street in the city’s CBD overnight.
Police responded to reports of a group fighting on Hindley Street, near the intersection of Morphett Street just before 5:30am.
The man from Glandore was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.
Hindley Street was closed to traffic between Rosina Street and Morphett Street with diversions in place, but has now reopened.
Police said the incident was being investigated and no-one has been arrested.
A barrier was erected around a convenience store and a pole dancing studio on the road’s southern side, while police tape cordoned off the Rosemont Hotel on the opposite side of Hindley Street.
Police and State Emergency Service crews spent the morning at the scene, with officers bagging evidence.
Fight puts spotlight back on Late Night Code
The owner of the convenience store, who did not wish to be named, expressed sadness at the incident.
He said despite a strong police presence in the street, the 3:00am lockout laws introduced as part of a Late Night Code in 2013 had not improved behaviour in the popular pub and club district.
“It is really bad to see a young guy pass away around here. It is bad and sad for his family,” he said..
Premier Jay Weatherill described the incident as “alarming” and “tragic” and defended the Government’s record on curbing Hindley Street crime.
“It’s a very well-resourced area. There are CCTV cameras everywhere, there’s a police station, it’s a declared precinct, there are regular patrols,” he said.
“This is an area of great focus for us.”
Asked whether security personnel were involved in the incident, Mr Weatherill said he did “not want to speculate”.
Police said local detectives were being assisted by Major Crime.
Police have asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.