A YOUNG man has died following a brawl on Hindley St in Adelaide's CBD in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police and ambulance crews rushed to the popular party street, near the intersection of Morphett St, at about 5.30am after receiving reports that a fight had broken out between a group of people.
A 22-year-old man from Glandore was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.
Police, including the Major Crimes Unit, are on the scene, investigating the incident.
The man died on a footpath in front of a convenience store.
The convenience store owner, who wished to remain anonymous, had to close his shop for about three hours while police carried out their investigations outside.
"The police are always around...but unfortunately sometimes incidents happen," he said.
"It's really sad."
The owner said the State Government-imposed 3am lockout laws had done nothing to curb drunken violence in Hindley St and were bad for business.
Joanna Gamlin, 65, of McLaren Vale, was in the CBD on Sunday morning when she heard about the alleged assault.
"I don't understand the brutality that goes on and whether it's engendered by alcohol or drugs - It's just horrible," she said.
"His family will suffer forever - that's the sad thing really."
The alleged assault has left other Hindley St revellers shocked.
Joe Sinden, 18, of Morphett Vale, was out with friends when they stepped out of a club and saw police cars and ambulances had filled the street.
"It's pretty upsetting knowing that someone's life has been taken away," he said.
"They would have just gone out and planned on having a good night like us boys did last night and they've just had their life taken away."
Adam Riley, 18, of Shiedow Park, also saw the aftermath of the fight.
"We just saw cop cars at the end of the street, just lights ... and then people were saying on Hindley that apparently someone got hit," he said.
"Everyone looks pretty upset - there's a few people crying on Hindley.
"We come here every weekend and when s*** like that happens it's kind of scary."
The incident has left some Hindley St regulars feeling unsafe in Adelaide's party strip.
"It's heartbreaking really," Joel Martin, 19, of Aberfoyle Park, said.
"You want to go out and have a good night with your friends and you hear that somebody's been hit because of no reason - you don't feel safe at all."
Police ask anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about it to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it online at crimestopperssa.com.au.
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