Video shows mob attacking trucker outside convenience store; South Carolina police say it may be a hate crime

South Carolina police said that a trucker was attacked by a mob outside of a Circle-K convenience store in Spartanburg, and they are considering hate crime charges.

The Spartanburg Police Department said officers were called to the store at the intersection of East Main Street and Drayton Road on Dec. 20 at about 3 a.m. When they arrived, they were told that a Circle-K delivery driver was attacked by three people.

“My understanding is that he had been inside the store but then came outside the store back to his tanker truck. He worked for Circle K as a the delivery driver, dropping fuel in the underground tanks,” said Spartanburg Police Maj. Art Littlejohn.

Police were able to obtain footage of the attack from a Ring doorbell camera at a nearby residence.

“You can’t see it clearly because it happens behind two of the tanks, but they jumped on him, they ended hitting him several times in his face in his head and shoulder,” Littlejohn explained.

Police do not believe the victim and the attackers knew each other before the incident, and it appears that the attack was unprovoked.

“Typically people who are involved in an incident like this, assault and battery, they know the person, it’s usually not a stranger; but in this case it doesn’t appear that victim knew the suspects at all,” Littlejohn added.

Police are still investigating the motive for the attack, but because of racial slurs heard on the video, they are considering investigating it as a hate crime.

“We are investigating it as you would say an assault and battery by a mob right now,” Littlejohn said, “the possible hate crime comes in based on the language that is in some of the reports or some of the things that we have heard on the video camera, some of the racial slurs that we heard on the video tape so that’s one of the angles that the investigators are looking at.”

Police are asking for help from the public in identifying the suspects based on descriptions of their cars.

“A black SUV and a gray or silver sedan, a couple of the guys got into the black SUV that leaves the area and there’s a gray car with black wheels no hubcaps that also leaves the scene,” said Littlejohn.

Here’s video of the attack:

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