It all began over a $3 beer.
That is what prompted an all-out brawl between Richard Springer, 29, and a worker at the Sutphin King Deli in Jamaica Queens on Saturday.
Springer began throwing punches, slamming the worker into an ATM, officials said.
Outside watching the encounter unfold was 69-year old Eve Gentillon. She was on her way to the supermarket after going to church.
Springer had enough and fled from the store, but not before throwing one viscous punch at Gentillon, knocking her to the sidewalk. Gentillon was slammed to the ground, hitting her head on the pavement.
Witnesses said she was unconscious for at least 10 minutes before an ambulance took her to a hospital.
PIX11 News spoke Tuesday with her daughter Marie, who says her mother had a massive brain hemorrhage due to the fall.
"She moves her eyes. She is still sedated," Marie said. "She is also still on drugs."
Marie said she knew something was wrong when she stopped by her mother's home Saturday night and she was not there. She immediately checked local hospitals and found her, stunned that no one called her.
Police are now looking for the attacker, who also goes by the name Kwasi, pictured at right. He is known to police, having been arrested twice in the past for robbery.
Anyone with information is urged to call NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577 TIPS.