KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A confrontation about a damaged car turned into an all-out brawl at a south Kansas City convenience store that sent one person to the hospital.
"We were talking about the situation and then it escalated into a fight, and from that situation, it just escalated to something totally big," said one of the people involved in the fight, who asked that FOX 4 conceal his identity over fears for his safety. He says that the incident at the 7-11 on south Blue Ridge Boulevard on Thursday night started out with a discussion about a damaged car. He says he confronted a woman he accused of damaging his cousin's pickup truck at a nearby nightclub.
"They tore her tag, they scratched her truck up, and they messed up her mirror," said the man. The confrontation soon escalated into a brawl.
"We all could`ve been killed," he told FOX 4. "We all could`ve been killed. It could`ve possibly been some shooting if had escalated into more. I`m probably sure there would`ve been."
He says that his friend, who had been trying to break up the fighting, was then jumped by attackers just outside the 7-11's front door.
"They were kicking him, punching him, stomping him, it made me so angry," he says, adding that his friend was taken to an area hospital with black eyes, bruises and cuts that required stitches. "He was hurt really bad. He hurt his arm especially - they think his rotator cup is messed up."
He also says that during the fight, people were yelling gay slurs at him and his friend, making them feel like their sexual orientation played a role in the attack.
"(It) makes me feel scared not to go anywhere or you know, the type of people that you hang around, makes you scared," he says.
Police tell FOX 4 that they could not confirm the slurs over the men's sexual orientation, only that the incident is under investigation.