Police are interviewing suspects from a bloody brawl in Astoria Park that was taped by teenage onlookers.
The fight, captured on several smartphones and posted to World Star Hip Hop, shows a couple middle school girls from IS 206, a source confirmed, being attacked by a mob of older teens last Friday.
Disturbing footage shows a girl with red hair being punched several times. When she falls to the ground her attacker stomps twice on her neck.
The suspects at times use what looks like belts to whip the victims. Toward the end of the fight an orange construction cone is hurled at the victims underneath the Hell Gate Bridge.
The few boys there, who didn’t engage in the fight but taped the incident, yell out “Boom” and “Oh shit.” A couple times people say “Stop” or “Get her out of there.”
The video ends with the main victim walking away from the scene with a wide cut running from above her eyebrow to her chin.
According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the attackers attend Long Island City High School.
“There is no doubt in my mind the ring- leader will be brought to justice,” said Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), who chairs the Public Safety Committee. “This is not an after-school fight. This is a pretty vicious beating by a large group of older high school girls on two middle school girls.”
Because more than one person is involved in the assault it is considered a felony, Vallone said. The 114th Precinct has not named the suspects.
“While it’s pathetic kids videotaped that sort of stuff,” Vallone said, “from a law enforcement standpoint it’s going to make finding the suspect much easier.”
According to the source, the altercation stemmed from an incident earlier in the week at the McDonalds on 31st Street in Astoria.