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He thought it was a flash mob: Man caught up in attack outside Kroger says he feels lucky he wasn’t hurt

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MEMPHIS (WITI/CNN) -- It's a violent attack that was caught on camera -- and now, police in Memphis say they have arrested and charged four juveniles.

The attack happened in the parking lot of a Kroger grocery store on Saturday, September 6th.

FOX6's sister station, WREG in Memphis reports a 15-year-old has been charged with aggravated riot and acting in concert: to wit aggravated assault.

WREG reports the teen was out on gun-related charges at the time of the attack. WREG says the teen wasn't enrolled in school, and his mother was previously charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

That teen is seen in the video wearing a lime green shirt.

WREG reports a 16-year-old is also charged with aggravated riot, and acting in concert: to wit aggravated assault. A 15-year-old and a 17-year-old are charged with aggravated riot.

This, on the same day we're hearing from a man who claims he was victimized in the attack.

The man says he recenlty moved to Memphis, and pulled out his cell phone on Saturday when he was on his way to Kroger, thinking he was recording the start of a flash mob.

"Being new to the city, I don't know where I can and where I can't go. As I was starting to get my camera open, a guy popped around a car and said 'hey bro' and just started swinging at me. And I tried to put my hands up, another guy started rushing at me. I took off running backwards through the parking lot," the man said.

Video captured on a Kroger employee's cell phone shows the man.

"If you watch the video they say 'oh they're jacking, they're getting that white guy.' I'm that white guy," the man said.

The man is seen in the video wearing shorts and a blue shirt -- pushing several teens out of the way and running into the store.

"I had run clear in through the door. I was at the fruit aisle. And I turned back to see if they were still following me. So immediately I pulled out my phone and called 911," the man said.

The man wasn't injured, but when he watched the video of the incident on Facebook, he says he was extremely frustrated.

"It was nonsense violence. I can say that for sure. It seemed very unprovoked. They weren't about anything, that it was fun for them. They were out having a good time. They were all smiling they were laughing," the man said.

Laughing, as they knocked out a 17-year-old Kroger employee -- kicking him in the head and throwing large pumpkins on him as he laid on the ground.

The man new to town says several Kroger employees were recording video of the incident -- but one man seen at the end of the video knocked out, actually stepped in to defend him and the 17-year-old Kroger employee knocked unconscious.

The man says he's grateful no one was seriously injured, but he says someone has to be held accountable for what happened.

"I felt like my life was threatened and I was lucky to get away," the man said.

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  • Cheri

    Cynic – Exactly! I know more black racist than white ones. Unfortunately in this backwards country of ours, black on white racism is “OK” or something because nothing is ever done about it. I hope these uneducated morons who started the riot rot in prison the rest of their lives.

  • will riker

    The victim’s last question is the important one. what is it going to take to stop this epidemic of b on w violence? dailykenn to see a running tab of the victims of these knockout artists and thrill-killers…you’ll be amazed at what’s not widely reported. And sbpdl for analysis of a culture that is breaking down in america.
    Has memphis learned nothing from the david santucci or christian -newsome murders?
    It will never stop unless these animal perps are locked up for a long time and the media stops perpetuating the meme that black teens are the victims or targets on the streets…..they are the predators of the street and every civiliized white or black should profile and stay out of their areas. Police can no longer keep order, they are swamped and besides, if one of these street thugs are killed , the federal government and “civil rights leaders” will swoop down and prosecute the defenders.

  • Cherie

    At least are drugs are paid for with real money from a real job. Rather then armed robbery and killing people. Also we keep your race employed!

  • Charles

    I’m not sure how much confidence I can have in the reporting of a news site whose perspective is so parochial that they believe everyone on the internet knows who “Fox6” is.

    Take a look at your own masthead, idiots. Is this the Fox6 in Miami, or the one in Salt Lake City?


  • Taxpayer

    Wow how shocking a black mob causing problems. we never see that very often!! Someone please show me a white group of people causing problems I can’t recall seeing one for a long long time.

  • gman

    I would have followed 2 of these monkeys home, kid napp them and skin them alive. Their time is running out in the US despite what the media wants you to think. The clock is ticking and they know it.

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