Ashley Forest and Elise Preston, WREG (Memphis), September 7, 2014
Three people, two of them teens, are recovering at home after being brutally attacked by a mob of teenagers in a busy shopping plaza at Poplar and Highland.
The vicious parking lot brawl was caught on cell phone video.
The disturbing video shows a high school kid lying still on the ground while others repeatedly kicked and stomped on his head. The teen attacked is an employee of Kroger.
“They followed hitting him with a pumpkin. He was already unconscious, so all you could see was blood and pumpkins,” said a witness who did not want to be identified. He is a friend of the victim.
The witness says the mob of young teens viciously ran through the Poplar Plaza parking lot assaulting complete strangers.
It was maybe about 100 to 125 kids. It was a lot of kids,” said the witness.
“They were playing a game called ‘point them out, knock them out.’ Where they would point someone out and attempt to knock them out or fight them. There was no real reason behind it.
The shaky witness video is gaining shares on social media by the minute with angry comments questioning if this is a racially charged hate crime.
In this clip you see several black teenagers beating one white teen.
But the witness says this clip is just a tiny snapshot of what happened in the entire parking lot. He states, blacks, whites, girls and boys were all part of the vicious pack.
“Were all of the victims white?” asked WREG’s Elise Preston.
“No, they were black and white. Will is white, Brian is black. and then my other friend, Brandon, he’s black as well,” replied the witness.
News Channel 3 slowed down the video and noticed the security guard is dragging a black teen away from the crowd.
The witness identified that teen as another Kroger employee knocked unconscious after he tried to stop the mob from attacking customers.