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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are searching for a group of teens responsible for a brutal mob attack in a Kroger parking lot in Tennessee Saturday night.

WREG reports three people were attacked by the large group of teens around 9:15 p.m. in the store parking lot at Highland and Poplar.

A woman captured the horrifying attack with her cell phone. That video has gone viral on Facebook and other social media sites.

“Hold on, they got a white dude,” the woman laughs. “Look at ’em. Let me get out the way.”

The woman then asks “where is the security at” as one of the workers is kicked in the head by an assailant and then pelted with pumpkins from a store display.

“Wait a minute. Hold on!” she yells, as the gravity of the situation seems to be sinking in, as she sees another worker being thrown to the ground.

“Oh my God,” she says, as others scream and horns honk in the parking lot. “That man, get him y’all. Somebody call somebody… These stupid @%$ kids fool.”

Police said this all started when a 25-year-old man was attacked by the group walking to his car. At that point, two Kroger employees, a 17 and 18-year-old, ran to help him.

That’s when the mob turned on them and they were repeatedly hit in the head and face. The teens told police that pumpkins “in excess of 20 pounds” were thrown at their heads while they were lying on the ground.

As a result, police said both teens lost consciousness before a security guard eventually managed to stop the attack.

A Kroger official said the employees were transported to an area hospital and then released to their parents.

“It is extremely troubling to see how many young people were involved, especially on the heels of last week’s youth forum,” Memphis Police Director Toney Director Armstrong wrote in a statement. “Last night’s events clearly demonstrates a lack of parental controls and if warranted these parents will also be held accountable.”

Witness: ‘Blood and Pumpkins’

A witness, who spoke to WREG on the condition of anonymity, said he is a friend of the victims.

The witness said the group was made up of “100 to 125 kids” who 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 witness said. “They followed hitting him with a pumpkin. He was already unconscious, so all you could see was blood and pumpkins.”

The teen, who watched in horror as the mob beat his friends until they couldn’t move, said this is the second weekend he saw a violent mob of kids attack random people in the shopping plaza parking lot.

“Why, honestly why? Why did that happen?” the witness asked. “There was no real reason behind it. What was the point of that game? You are hurting somebody you don`t even know.”

Racially Motivated Attack?

The witness says the video of the incident, which appears to show several black teenagers beating one white teen, only shows a part of what happened that night. He said that blacks, whites, girls and boys were all part of the vicious pack.

When asked if all the victims white were white, the witness said the victims were both black and white.

“Will is white, Brian is black and then my other friend, Brandon, he’s black as well,” replied the witness.

WREG slowed down the video and spotted a security guard dragging a black teen away from the crowd.

The witness identified that teen as another Kroger employee who was knocked unconscious after he tried to stop the mob.

“It’s kind of traumatizing because it didn’t seem real. It didn’t seem like any of that would happen,” the witness said.


  • LH

    None of it is right. They should be charged with a hate crime, I agree fully, it’s reverse racism and is a hate crime. However Don, Glen, and Mr. Tired of Apes you gentleman are part of the problem in America. Please go back to your cabin in the woods and continue to breed amongst your family members retards.

    • Kelly

      And this is why I carry a gun. At least 5-10 maybe as many as 15-20 of these idiot would have been shot if i got the chance to reload. I might have wound up dead, in the hospital, or jail but I would not have been alone. Thugs like these think its ok to attack in a mob because they are nothing more than cowards. The only time I use my CHL is when I have to go to Memphis with my family other than that I don’t feel the need. Fair warning to protect my wife and baby girl I will kill anyone who tries to harm them and never loose a nights sleep over it.

      • Greg Brunson

        Mr. Cletus….Myself, my wife, and my daughters have all completed a course to allow us to carry a weapon. We will have multiple clips. If attacked by a mob like this…they have been instructed to open fire. Call Al….Call Jessie…but my best advice to you would be call their parents and let them know…not all are going to take a butt whipping…some will shoot back.

      • BO

        The ghetto apes are digging their own grave.Everyone is getting sick of reverse racism and I’m sure when it turns the other way we will have every baiter in America on it.The media is’nt helping its setting you up to be second class citizens again.

  • Belsma

    Why was the woman who was shooting the video telling someone to call someone? Turn your camera off and call 911! Geesh!

  • Coco

    These kids are animals. Where is the community outrage over this? I am so sick of the lunatics running the asylum in this city. They have literally run what could be a pretty cool city into a combat zone. I for one am tired of living in fear if these animals. I think it’s high time we band together and start doing some protesting of our own. Enough is enough. Wonder if Obama will make a public statement about this? Where is Al Sharpton? Oh that’s right. This was a black on white crime. He seems pretty ok with that kind of violence.

  • Jesse Calvin

    And people wonder why racism won’t go away!! Respectful blacks stand up and want to know why their race is treated the way it’s treated!! Blacks want to know why they are always targeted!! This video speaks for itself. Where are the white people rioting, looting, and burning
    over this!! The person taking the video was laughing, personally I didn’t see anything funny!!

  • Big Al Mayo

    This type of violence makes me angry! i am a 35yo black male from Connecticut and I can’t stand violence like this. These young teens just makes our race look so bad doing racist attacks like this! I love my black people but i hate some of the violent choices we make. Not all black teens are like this! I would have gotten my a*ss beat as a teen or TODAY if I was there and saw this unprovoked attack on ANYONE even a white kid. I would have stepped in and did everything I could do to stop them from attacking someone. They would have turned on me and beat me down with them but I would be OK with that because it was WRONG what they did.
    On a DIFFERENT NOTE : I did notice Toney Armstrong when I saw the story, I recognized him from the TV show The First 48. He used to be on the show before he became director.

    Al Mayo
    Norwich, CT

    • Manlishi

      ” i hate some of the violent choices we make.” Avoid using the term “we” during a “them” type of discussion. This would isolate you based on your character and integrity and distance yourself from racial opinions. Although i am somewhat “white-ish” , I refuse to associate myself racially when i call for the hanging of “white trash” for violent (and some non violent) crime. At that point, only the little people would dare criticize and you can spot the racists instantly.

      Keywords matter, it’s how the politicians and media manipulate the weaker minds.

    • streetwitnesser

      This country needs a lot more people like you Al! Keep telling it like it is and maybe a few of these lost kids will listen. Trouble is, most of them don’t have a person like you in their lives.

      • CatBallou

        Al is right! I’m black as well and the lot of these ignorant fools need to be beat down! Who wants to live around such scum? A blight on the entire race. And it’s particularly sad, as there are a plethora of uninformed whites who insist on lumping us all together. Neither myself nor anyone I know would have anything to do with those zombie idiots who participated in this barbarity.

  • Cletus Jones

    This is going to happen in Richmond eventually. Everybody talks big…”this is why everyone should be armed”. What a bunch of big talk. This will happen here and there isn’t one thing anyone can do to stop it. That’s just the way it is.

      • Manlishi

        Won’t happen Joey. If I my life is in danger, i will shoot until the threat is over. I’m pretty sure if 1 or 2 drop immediately, the rest will scatter. But I cant speak for Cletus.

    • Manlishi

      ” isn’t one thing anyone can do to stop it.” Absolutely Cletus, Officer Wilson had to shoot 6 times to stop “it”.

  • Cletus Jones

    This situtation reminds me of eating at Golden Corral.

    Fat American women love Golden Corral. It’s an “all you can eat buffet”

    You’ve seen the typical American woman at Golden Corral. She’s the one with the cornbread crumbs and chicken gravy on her chins. She wears lime-green polyester stretch pants and a faded Jack Daniels t-shirt as she presides over the buffet.

    She bellows across the dining room at her unwashed children while gesturing angrily with a half eaten chicken leg at her sullen, skinny, spiritually broken husband. If any of her children happen to be male, she puts special effort into verbally castrating and emasculating them, thus setting the stage for a lifetime of failure and ambiguity.

    Her children run wildly around the dessert bar, randomly dipping their pinworm infected fingers into the chocolate pudding and shaking their lice-ridden hair over the hot apple cobbler.

    Meanwhile, an transgender with black fingernail polish taps his/her/it’s foot while waiting for an old woman to move through the line by the meatloaf.

    That’s how it is at Golden Corral…and just like this mob attack, that’s how it is in America

    • George West Dudley

      What a nice little story, but it has nothing to do with a mob of animals attacking innocent people. I don’t care what color or colors they are, they are nothing but COWARDS for attacking people in a group. If I’m ever attacked by a mob, rest assured that at least 7 of them will be shot, and then some more, if I can reload in time. That isn’t “talking big”, that’s reality.

  • Oltop

    This story leaves out several facts, two white victims were attacked, one was a nicely dressed 25 yr old white male who was attacked when he got out of his car and the other white was a stock boy that happened to be outside. When a black stock boy tried to help the two whites the all black mob beat him as well. The memphis paper Commercial Appeal reports this as does the local NBC station that aired an interview from one the 25 yr old victim Sunday night. I live near by and shop at this store. My wife and I have also been victims of these black mobs in Memphis, happens all the time, just so many murders they rarely make the news. We were almost stampeded near historic Beale St and two black males approached us, showed us their gun and told me what he would do with his member to my wife and said be would make me watch while she liked it. Hard to let someone talk to you wife like that and can’t do a thing when a gun pointed at you. Be careful when you visit us please, and don’t make a wrong turn at Graceland, very bad part of town .

  • krista

    I was disgusted to hear the female video recorder laugh as she commented, oh, they got a white dude. Its obvious by that statement she was happy a white dude was being assaulted. I guess once the black dude got assaulted, now she seems like it isn’t funny anymore. She is as much a pig as the mob of brats.

  • Iowa Life

    No doubt Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton will be flying to Memphis. No doubt Obama’s Department of Justice will start an investigation. No doubt all the Ferguson coverage will now be in Memphis. We’re fighting savages in the Mideast while we have savages here in the US. This episode of “the knock out game” just happened to be caught on video. It goes on every day.

  • John Arter

    typical black animals ok now lets see if the whites riot and loot and burn memphis down of course not we are civilized people this is the reason i always carry my gun where ever i go.

    • Truth Hurts

      We can do something. All white people start paying half your taxes, and put the squeeze on EBT, Welfare, and Section 8. I guess we’d have to march on weekends, since we have jobs.

  • Cletus Jones

    That’s too bad about the boy getting beaten. I hope he wasn’t injured in such a way that he can’t have kids, because if he can’t have kids, how can he pay child support and alimony? How can he be on the receiving end of false allegations? A woman will be cheated out of what she is entitled to, and that just not fair.

  • Becky

    Outraged that Governing Media Nationwide doesn’t speed dial their DoInjustice, doesn’t Demand
    a FBI/DoInjustice joint Strong Armed “Investigation into Justice for White Victims” of Black
    Those FACTS are covered up, under reported, and manipulated of, by, for, and through
    Perfectly Correct, illegal, lawless, unconstitutional, deliberately Belligerent, Contemptuous,
    Most Intelligent “Legal Eagles” of abiding Racists. Biased and Bigoted Media blesses endorses, condones, sponsors, and blesses that “Injustice”. The New Era “Rebranding” of America,
    Society that is deliberately “Slanted” towards the criminals, rioters, domestic terrorists/government that spreads its continual chaos, turmoil, conflicts and destruction.

  • Becky

    Notice how any unfavorable to Obama “news” has to be Restricted/Closed/One-Way Feeds.
    Anything that helps Obama is open to his favorites rants, rages, outrages.
    Obama puts off Illegal Invaders Amnesty until After Elections, Obama Golfs immediately after
    American beheading, Obama jets to Europe run, hide, escape, evade, Beheading, and transfers command/control to Media Activated Forces. Media IS Governing. Frees up Obama to
    play, party hardy with Party Money Favorites, vacation, jet set, reap the Entitled Benefits of the
    Rich and Famous Life Style without any responsibility, accountability or answers to the Public Trust.

  • kitty

    Didn’t the article say white…black… girls and boys were in the mob….why all the race talk all races are messed up all over the world……

  • Kelly

    You call us Racist Cletus? When was the last time you saw a white mob jump on one or two black people? This happens because your people area a pack of cowards who can only feel brave in numbers. You need to stop using that excuse for your ignorant violent race.

    • Vortix

      When was the last time you saw a mob of white men jump a black kid? Gee, let me think. Too often and for decades throughout history. Or did you forget about white supremacist groups? Racially profiling cops? The list goes on. HOWEVER, that does not excuse nor justify this behavior. It is despicable and should be denounced no matter how you slice it.

    • Vortix

      Also saying “your ignorant violent race” is pretty problematic and racist yourself, lady. This cycle won’t end until people stop labeling and pointing fingers, and dispel their perception of separating “us” from “them” even verbally. Disgusting.

    • CatBallou

      Too numerous to count in the timeline of America, dude. Not that it in any way mitigates with these fools did. But maybe it’s just white people’s turn to be the rabbit. What goes around, you know.

  • LaLa

    You know if this was a mob of white kids randomly attacking people, it’d be a public outrage. This children are degenerates, and deserve the pathetic life they’re bound for. As for the girl filming, it was all funny and then oh someone call for help, at what point of that situation do you call for help? How deranged do you have to be to think, “I’ll film this then call 911” . She should be arrested for encouraging this behavior by giving it the publicity those delinquents want.

    I have children, sometimes I shop in the evenings and usually without my husband because he works nights. I ALWAYS carry my gun. I’ve had people mock the necessity of carrying daily. Society today has made me fearful. If you can’t get groceries without worrying about being attacked, our world is already over.

  • Patrick Terrill

    If this were a mob of white people attacking black people, every media outlet in the country would be screaming “hate crime” 24/7. Why is this not a hate crime? Maybe that’s the problem. Media spends so much time teaching black people to hate white people.

  • World In Need

    Look at all of you…firing verbal shots at each other back and forth. I can picture many of you standing in the same Kroger parking lot face to face….being no better than these kids. Every city in the US should have a strict curfew (especially during school months). Kids can’t be out unless with an adult. Unfortunately, parents send many of these kids are sent to school expecting our educators to raise them. No, respect is given in or out of the classroom. Animals!!? I don’t know of any pack, group or herd that attacks for fun! But, not to say what’s the difference if it’s ten or one. Glad they were’nt armed with handguns or rifles….. Remember all of the shootings that have happened over the last several years by one or two white kids!? Again, what’s the difference… People are being hurt….. As for my family… I’d protect them too… With a handgun permit, I’d be licensed to carry…If me or my family were attacked …. Just like Mr. Dudley stated… I’d be shooting too…..

  • TeamLH44

    you tweak a couple of things in this video you got your self a CNN breaking news story and yes I’m talking about race. I had to hear about this on talk radio this morning because apparently this is not a racist act so CNN has no interest in this story you got to be kidding me. I’m African American and this disgusts me everyone should be disgusted and I know for a fact if the color was changed heads would be rolling, Al Sharpton would put his to cents in, CNN would have it as a breaking story all day. We better wake up America and stop playing the race bs card somebody should answer for this.

  • Abe Lincoln

    I agree. And while it’s disturbing that any group of kids (regardless of color) would think this is fun or a good idea, I think the responses in this thread are questioning why (and rightfully so) the media chooses to focus on race in some crimes and ignores it in others. Until we can look at issues in society without getting distracted by race, we’ll never focus on the root causes of the problems. A good first step would be for black america to collectively tell Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson that they do not speak for them as race hustling will not solve any of this.

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