CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Carolina Beach Police are investigating a fight between as many as 60 people that sent four men to the hospital, one with severe head trauma.
According to a witness whose identity we have chosen to withhold due to her age two separate groups of people had had been out on the Royal Winner Princess II Party Cruise.
When they returned to shore her group was trying to decide on rides home when her 32-year-old cousin got in a verbal altercation with a member of the other group, which she believed to be from Clinton, NC.
“The dude started rambling on about something and pushed my cousin, and then after that it was like chaos,” said a teenage witness to the fight. “People surrounded him, and from what I could see they were beating him up pretty bad, but my father came in and yanked someone off of him and beat him to the ground. Then this random dude came out of nowhere and tried to hit my dad so my first reaction was to try and run and stop the conflict between my dad and this random dude. This man came between me and my dad and threw a swing at me and it hurt.”
During the altercation our witness says her cousin tried to use a shovel to protect himself but was repeatedly hit in the head with bricks from a nearby building. The man suffered severe head trauma and is currently in the intensive care unit at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
At this time Carolina Beach Police say that there is an ongoing investigation into the incident; however, no warrants have been issued and no arrests have been made.