‘They were here to kill each other’: A violent fight breaks out between 40 men carrying metal poles, baseball bats and even SWORDS – as onlookers describe seeing a man’s hand nearly severed in the attack
- The brawl started at 10.30pm last night in Runcorn, a suburb in the south of Brisbane
- Up to 40 men with sticks, bats and clubs were involved in the melee
- One man was seriously injured and seven others required hospital treatment
- Police have yet to determine a motive for the brawl, but cite ‘underlying tensions’
A massive street brawl involving up to 40 men armed with metal poles, golf clubs, swords and baseball bats has left eight men hospitalized as police launch an investigation into the cause of the brawl.
Shortly after 10:30 a.m. last night, residents alerted police to the violent brawl in Daw Street, Runcorn, a southern Brisbane suburb.
The acting Superintendent of Queensland Police, Simon Tayler, said on Tuesday that investigators were aware of underlying tensions expressed on social media between members of a “certain community” before the incident.
He said police spoke to members of the Indian community in the area to try to determine a motive for the clash.
The location on Daw Road, Runcorn, south of Brisbane, where the brawl involving up to 40 men took place shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Monday night
“I can’t give details about the people involved, all I know is that we knew about some underlying tensions in the community, so it was probably a lot wider than… the 40 people or whoever was involved last night.” was,” Acting Superintendent Taylor told reporters.
A man injured in the fight suffered serious head and neck injuries and is in serious condition at Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Several other men also went to the hospital for treatment.
“They were here to kill each other,” witness Craig Merwood said The courier post.
“They had big metal bars or poles, they had crowbars, they had these big swords with hooks on them.
“It was just unbelievable.”
Mr Merwood said a man appeared to have nearly severed his hand in the wild fight.
Another resident, Gurjinder Kaur Sidhu, told the ABC that a meter-long pole that appeared to have blood on it had been thrown into her backyard.
Acting Superintendent Tayler said the scene was “confrontational” for first responders.
“I’ve witnessed the bodycam footage of some of the officers going there in that first phase… it was pretty hectic,” he said.
“They went straight to their tactical first aid training because it was important. Some injuries they saw required that immediate action.”
A member of the dog brigade then single-handedly detained five men in a car not far from the crime scene, Acting Superintendent Tayler said.
“He was alone and he took that vehicle,” he said.
Those most seriously injured in the wild melee were taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane
Queensland Police Acting Superintendent Simon Tayler said on Tuesday that first responders were faced with a ‘confrontational’ scene when they arrived
Eight men between the ages of 22 and 38 were detained for questioning, but later released.
Acting Superintendent Tayler said he understood that some men had provided information to police but that a “complete and clear” picture was needed before further action could be taken.
“The behavior, whether they know each other or not, is totally unacceptable,” he said.
Police launched Operation Tango Rhubarb from the Upper Mount Gravatt Police Station and called on the public to provide information, including a view on the incident.