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By Shavonne Potts
Salisbury Post
Police say four men attacked and beat a Salisbury High School student as he was leaving his job at the Hurley Family YMCA on Saturday.
The 19-year-old victim was waiting outside the YMCA at 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. for a family member to pick him up after work sometime before 8 p.m.
According to a Salisbury Police Department report, four males approached him outside the entrance asking if he had any money. The victim told them he didn’t.
One of the suspects asked the victim if he could “street fight” him, the report said. The victim responded ‘No’ and tried to walk away.
The suspect then punched the victim in the face.
When the suspect struck him again, the victim fought back, the report said.
Another suspect held the victim down and kicked him.
The suspects stole the victim’s phone, throwing it down, and took his wallet, which he later got it back.
The victim suffered bruising to the left side of his face and scrapes to his elbow.
Shortly after the attack, the report notes, investigators saw a group gathered near the Harris Teeter parking lot adjacent to the YMCA shouting “West Side! West Side!” Police have said in the past that phrase is gang-related.
No arrests have been made. Police continue to investigate.
Contact Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253 or spotts@salisburypost.com.

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