Police were called to a footpath near Stonebridge Close in Aqueduct, Telford, at around 7.20pm after receiving reports that a man in his 20s was seriously injured.
Despite being taken to hospital by ambulance, he died later that evening.
West Mercia Police has said his death is being treated as suspicious, and have arrested four boys - a 14-year-old and three aged 15 - on suspicion of murder. A woman and a man, aged 42 and 41, respectively, have also been arrested on suspicion of assisting offenders.
Chief Inspector Helen Kinrade said: “We understand this will be extremely concerning to the community. We would like to reassure the public that the investigation is ongoing and this is believed to be an isolated incident.”
A resident of Gittens Drive - which adjoins Stonebridge Close - who wished to remain anonymous, said: "I thought I heard some shouting at about 7pm but didn't think anything of it as it's not unusual around here.
"But then I heard sirens about half an hour later and could see police cars shooting past the front window.
"This carried on for a while and I could tell something was wrong and then I heard more sirens and saw an ambulance.
"It's such a terrible thing to happen and I can't believe someone died just around the corner.
"I've been down that path a few times on a walk but don't think I will anymore."
Anyone with information is urged to contact 101 quoting reference 615i of 11 June, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the charity's website.