MEMPHIS, Tenn. (PIX11) — A marauding mob of more than 100 teenagers set upon three unsuspecting people outside a Memphis supermarket in a terrifying version of the “knockout game,” leaving a mess of “blood and pumpkins” in their wake.
The attacks, which targeted a 25-year-old man and two teenagers, were captured on video by a store employee, according to WREG.
A 25-year-old man was first attacked by the group before two Kroger employees, 17 and 18, tried to help him. The teenage employees fell victim to the rowdy group instead.
Both employees were then hit on the head and face. Pumpkins “in excess of 20 pounds” were also thrown on their heads as they lay on the ground, the teens reportedly told police.
“They followed hitting him with a pumpkin. He was already unconscious, so all you could see was blood and pumpkins,” a witness who is a friend of one of the victims told WREG.
The attacks caused the teens to lose consciousness. They were taken to the hospital and released to their parents.
“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,” a witness told WREG.
Investigators are working to identify those responsible. Police have arrested a juvenile seen in the video wearing a lime green shirt. He was charged with aggravated riot and acting in concert to: to wit aggravated assault, WREG reported.
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said in a statement “Last night’s events clearly demonstrates a lack of parental controls and if warranted these parents will also be held accountable.”