When a group of 200 teens gathered at Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville, Kentucky “some of them were up to no good”, according to local police. 15 to 20 male teens in the group started robbing and assaulting people that they came across, and within a time span of 2 hours at least 6 people had to be treated at the hospital.
Watch news video of the teens raiding a convenience store below.
Some of the victims were in serious condition as a result of the potentially lethal rampage that the mob went on last weekend.
When a 13-year-old girl was robbed by members of the group a bystander tried to step in to help. For his troubles the teens beat him.
Other witnesses reported being beaten by the group. A grandfather was beaten while his wife and 2 grand daughters (ages 4 and 7) watched in horror. The grandfather suffered a concussion and bruised ribs.
But according to wave3.com this is when the violence was just beginning:
The violence then spread through out the city
“I want to stress that this situation was not common for Waterfront. It was not common for downtown Louisville and as a matter of fact it is not common for any neighborhood in our community,” said LMPD Chief Steve Conrad.
The teens left the park, police said, and went to Baders gas station on 1st and Jefferson Streets where they assaulted a woman inside the store.
“They were ambushing us so bad, that they hit my co-worker in the head a couple of times,” the clerk recalled. The employee said she and a co-worker were tying to keep the doors of the gas stations closed, but there were too many teens.Once inside she said, they grabbed whatever handful of merchandise they could.
The clerk then saw the mob turn on a mother driving by, trashing her car, and beating her- also in front of her kids.
“They beat her up so bad, that we brought her in, cleaned her up, and she had to go to the hospital. She had to get stitches, so we don’t even know if she’s even ok at this point right now,” the employee said.
According to officers, they also assaulted a man on 6th Street and Broadway.
Police chief Steve Conrad says police were chasing reports until 9:45 p.m. He stopped short of connecting them all and says several units were out patrolling.
“With that many kids moving out in a number of directions going south from Waterfront Park it was a challenge for officer to be everywhere where we were seeing a problem,” he said.
Watch news video of the gas station clerk talking about the attacks.