It seems that the "knockout game" — where a young person walks up to a stranger and punches them in the face — is making a comeback. As a result, many US citizens have been on the receiving end of this game, particularly in New York and Pennsylvania, where several residents have been violently punched.
Fox News reports that two separate incidents in New York City and Pittsburgh, both reported last week, display a woman and man being knocked out.
The first incident took place in New York City. According to the New York Post, a local man, 43, was innocently walking near Shake Shack in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood sometime in the evening. While he was walking, he was suddenly punched by a stranger. As the injured man was laying on the ground the young man then hovered over his injured body and snapped a photo of himself with the injured man. After snapping a picture, he then fled the scene.
The New York Post reports that the last time this game was played was in September, when Lower East Sider Susan Farina, 53, was punched in the face while she was walking her dog.
And last year, a 14-year-old Queens boy was charged with a hate crime after he admitted to attacking a Muslim man outside of a mosque. The boy intended to hit somebody at random as part of the knockout game, but then after hitting the man in the face, continued to beat him up. He beat the man up so badly that the victim required surgery for the broken bones on his face.
Fox News reports that the second victim of the knockout game was a woman in Pittsburgh. This incident was caught on camera. An unidentified male identified a woman who was walking on the street. He then approached her, kicked her leg, and then punched her in the face before nervously walking away.
She then remained on the ground. After she had been on the ground for a while, several pedestrians (probably young people) approached her. Rather than helping her off the ground, these pedestrians simply snapped selfies of themselves alongside her injured body and then walked away.
Apparently, several knockout attacks have made waves in 2013 after residents in several states, including New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania, reported attacks involving the game. The upstate New York man died after a teenage boy punched him and caused his brain to bleed.
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