Saturday 17 February 2018

Group of men beat 70 year old man outside 7-11

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A group of men savegly beat a 70 year old man in a seemingly unprovoked attack outside a 711 in Syracuse New York.

An elderly man is being treated at the Upstate University Hospital for "very serious" injuries after being assaulted by a "group of males using their hands and feet" in the car park outside a 7 Eleven. 70-year old James Gifford was "unable to speak" on Sunday night due to the extent of his injuries.

Police have described the attack as "unprovoked" and have appealed for anyone with information to come forward, including another man who stopped to give the victim CPR before leaving the scene.

Police could not confirm if the attack was part of a trend called the "knockout game", where assailants attempt to knock their victims unconcious with one punch. The "knockout game" is similar to something called "king-hitting" in Australia, where the victim is punched in the back of the head.

One day after the attack, more than 100 people packed the parking lot for a vigil in honour of the victim. Pastor Daren Jaime explained the protest, saying "When you take advantage of the most vunerable in our community, the community is not going to stay silent about it."





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