Victim of gas station attack speaks out
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Police are investigating a video that is making the rounds on social media. In the video, a 35-year-old man is attacked by a mob of high school students as he tries to get in his car.
The victim, Orrden Williams, says he went to the BP gas station near the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street to use the ATM.
A woman inside the store told Williams she was afraid to go outside because there was a large group of kids in the parking lot.
"I put my arms around her, told her it would be OK, and walked her out of the store," Williams recalled.
At that point, Williams says he was attacked.
The video, which has been shared on Facebook and other social media platforms, shows Williams leaving the gas station and trying to get into his car, which was surrounded by teenagers. In the video, teenagers can be seen hitting Williams and his fiance's car.
"This was a terrorist act," said Williams. "This is a civilized society. We have no place for this."
Williams says the incident began when he was walking the woman to her car and asked the teenagers to move out of the way. He says he was hit in the back of the head.
Williams says what bothers him the most is that his children were in the car, including his 4-month-old baby. He says the teenagers were swinging just inches above his son's head.
"You must suffer the consequences of your actions," said Williams. "I feel no remorse because they didn't leave a mark on my body, but you should be. If someone doesn't stop them, they are going to hurt someone serious."
A gas station employee says incidents like the one caught on tape are not unusual at this location, especially early in the morning and in the afternoon when teenagers from Northwest Prep Academy are waiting for the bus.
"Fifty-five or 45 kids sometimes," recalled the employee. "I don't know what's the problem. Every day they are fighting."
He says something needs to be done about the violence in the area.
"If someone doesn't stop them, they are going to hurt someone seriously," the employee added.
Memphis Police Department is investigating the incident, but have not commented on what's being done to keep businesses and their patrons safe.
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