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As reported July 6, 2006 by the Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch:

Viewers robbed after fireworks
Young men wielding baseball bats injure 10 near Boulevard Bridge

BY PAIGE AKIN MUDD
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER

Jul 6, 2006

An evening of fun, family and fireworks took a violent turn just after the last sparks above Dogwood Dell fell from the air.

Ten people who had watched the July Fourth fireworks display from the boulder-strewn banks below the Boulevard Bridge were robbed and beaten by a group of baseball bat-wielding young men. The assailants demanded the victims' wallets, purses, cell phones and other valuables, Richmond police said.

"It's the Fourth of July. We're celebrating our freedom, and then this happens," said one woman who witnessed the attacks and who would identify herself only as Karen, 30, of Richmond. "It was terrifying."



Richmond police confirmed that four of the 10 robbery victims were injured, but authorities would not comment on those injuries. One man, who identified himself as Stavros, said he had to be rescued by boat from a rock in the middle of the river after fleeing from a man with a bat.

The attacks began about 9:45 p.m. on the James River near Westover Hills Boulevard and Riverside Drive. There, about 30 people had gathered to watch the fireworks. When the show ended, they packed up to leave.

"Then we heard something fall very close to us. It was these huge stones, and we thought someone was throwing them off the bridge above us," Karen said. "We yelled, "Hey, there's people down here. Stop throwing things.'"

That's when a group of 15 to 20 young men in dark pants and white T-shirts came down to the river's edge. Some carried baseball bats, Karen said. Police confirmed that the men used baseball bats and 40-ounce beer bottles as weapons.

She and her friend hid until they had a chance to run to safety.

Stavros, 20, of Richmond used his backpack to shield himself from the rocks. When the group of young men emerged, he and several other people huddled for cover behind a large rock.

"Then I saw two people approaching us, and I saw something large and metallic in one guy's hand," he said, and he thought it was a knife or bat. "I told people we were going to have to jump in the river. As soon as I realized they weren't just robbing us, I jumped in the river and started swimming."

He later learned that people who stayed near shore were hit with aluminum bats.

Stavros clung to a rock in the middle of the river. Because he didn't know if the attackers had guns, he said, "I was really worried that I was going to get shot at because I was a pretty visible target."

After about 30 minutes, a Richmond fire department dive team responding to a 911 call from one of the victims rescued him by boat.

After the attacks, police and rescue workers searched for the men involved in the robberies and assaults. All the assailants were between 15 and 20 years old, according to police. No arrests have been made, Richmond police said yesterday, but authorities continue to investigate.

"It was the perfect place to watch the fireworks until this," Karen said. "It just doesn't make any sense."

Contact staff writer Paige Akin Mudd at [email protected] or (804) 649-6671.

The story can be found at; http://www.timesdispatch.com/servle...65379&pagename=RTD/MGArticle/RTD_BasicArticle

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Yikes. You don't hear about mass attacks like this too much, in fact it's a first for me. Kinda makes me think about what I would do in that situation if carrying.
 

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return fire with slingshots loaded with cherry bombs, roman candles, chinese ground flowers & m80's- don't blow yer fingers off.

lame situation, would have brained a few of those idiots with an igloo cooler full of cold ones... and would have had a frosty (albiet foamy) beer to celebrate with.
 

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Wow. So, 10 people - most likely couples, leaves us with approx. 5 men and 5 screaming women against 15-20 young men with bats and whatever else. Those are loosing odds.

This is in the CCW area so I am assuming that this is a good example of how 1 armed citizen could have turned the tide?
He also could have found out that some of the assailants had guns too and started a blood bath. This one is a pretty tough call.
 

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Yes DBK thats why I posted it here.
It's been a while and frankly I've been slacking but I plan to post here just news items that for we CCW should provoke thought in an OMG what would I do type of mode.

In this case I'd not go to places like this.
I'm being serious. As due to experience past I long aago learned the hard way that one should not place themselves in situations like this.
Far away out of sight areas not actively patrolled outside of visual or audible conbtact to the public at large. Even as there were a number of people there as well that is nothing to rely on for a sense of group dsafety as we allknow. Hell any one of those ten could have themselves been a wolf nevermmind the gang coming in from nowhere.
Our best protection is to recognize blind alleys and to not go down them to start. Best way to win a fight is to not have to fight in the first place.

But if by odd chance I did find myself jacked up in this kind of situation and for some very odd reason we walked there rather than drive (I'm infamous IRL for not liking to walk anywhere) then I'd send my wife and kids (who are always with us) to concealment assuming there was no hard cover nearby.
If they come after us well then it's on and that means shoot the leader/most aggressive person coming towards me/us in specific.

Breathe in...breathe out...death triangle...boom

I carry 8+1 and 8 more on the hip.
With just 17 shots and 10+ potential aggressors and who knows carrying what , I'd have to make any and every shot count. This makes me think about ammo capacity and carry. I have a two place mag holder but use it only for IDPA not street. An additional eight on the hip totalling 16 in reserve would sure feel nice under this situation.
Very scary situation this would be. No hard cover, little if any concealment other than swimming in water (unpossible for a mom with a 3 mo. old!), and zero backup/aid from any of the other rightfully scared and themselves fleeing males.

Stuff like this folks imagine as being a TV or hollywood scenario, until it happens to them.
Keep an eye on this area for more of same as I come across them in my travels.

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I guess you really can't trust anyone at anytime. At least Stavros had the brains to flee.
 
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