March 25, 2013 - 11:52 AM
Kamloops RCMP say a 46-year-old man is in critical condition at hospital following an altercation with a group of teenagers near the 7-Eleven on Tranquille Road Sunday evening.
The Mackenzie, B.C., man was struck in the head with a skateboard after the driver of the vehicle he was in honked at a group of youths jaywalking across the road. A person in the vehicle believed that one of those youths struck the vehicle with an object as it passed by.
The driver then pulled into the parking lot where the youths were headed and a male passenger confronted the teenagers. After allegedly pushing a 17-year-old female to the ground and moving towards a 15-year-old male an aggressive, heated verbal exchange took place. Once the man got closer to the teenager, the teenager struck the man in the head with his skateboard.
The man immediately collapsed to the ground where he laid unconscious. Police say there has been no reported change to his medical condition since being admitted to hospital.
The 15-year-old was arrested at the scene and taken back to the RCMP office before being released to a guardian.
Police obtained statements from multiple witnesses; those that were with the victim, the group of teenagers, as well as some that just happened to be at the convenience store when the incident took place.
The case is being investigated as an aggravated assault with a weapon but charges have not yet been laid.
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