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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.

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52 Comments on "Carolina Beach Police investigate big fight after party cruise"

marie Balloon
2015 years 9 months ago

Wow to be a witness you sure didn’t see anything. The wilmington people were standing in front of the clinton bus figuring out what child would ride with who. As a matter of fact there was 5 women in that party. The man with the shovel picked up the shovel after being shoved and hit by 3 different men. The car that blocked the van was a cop car thats how the police kept them from leaving. As a teenager if you saw your father getting hit with bricks wouldn’t you try to stop it? The shovel came from the same place these wonderful clinton people got the bricks from. What kind of coward does it take to have to hit people with bricks and knowing you out number them by 20. And just for the record the 13yr old wasn’t between the fighting men the sorry coward hit her as she was trying to get to her father. The people from wilmington were doing everything they could to protect the children.

marie Balloon
2015 years 9 months ago

I guess the police were out numbered but what about the people from wilmington I mean really 20 in their group 14 of them being girls under the age of 17 to 40 of the people from clinton. Someone made a comment about the guy with the shovel well….. I guess after I get shoved and hit by 3 guys I would grab a shovel also. Maybe you didn’t see the 5 women that were with the party yup they were there trying to stop the beatings the guys were taking. You said just cause you lost a fight doesn’t make you a victim no but getting jumped while being out numbered cause the little punks couldn’t fight one on one does. The teenager that got hit wasn’t in between 2 grown men she didn’t make it that far before some sorry excuse for a man hit her. No one was trying to get on their bus they were figuring out what child was riding home with who not very aggresive like you were saying. Really if you don’t know what happened don’t try to seem like you do just make your little comment and keep right on going. Just be glad they didn’t hit you cause the people from clinton sure put an innocent person that was trying to call for help in the hospital.

William Krebs
2015 years 9 months ago

I live in NY but have owned a home in Carolina Sands, Carolina Beach since 2005. My father has lived in Kure Beach since 1994. Carolina Beach was a bit rough in the 1990s but continues to clean up and the people are great. The area is wonderful and to say redneck is wrong. Southerners are the best Americans I have ever met and I fully plan to retire down South to enjoy the people and the culture. These idiots, whatever their color, are a disgrace and do not reflect the wonderful place Carolina Beach is.

2015 years 9 months ago

1. The group from Wilmington started the altercation by attempting to force their way onto the other group’s party bus.
2. The man who needed surgery was the AGGRESSOR in the altercation. He was not attacked until after he had hit multiple people in the FACE and HEAD with a SHOVEL. Swinging a shovel at a person’s head is tantamount to attempted murder.
3. The group from Wilmington endangered the lives of the teenagers, not the other group. The other group was trying to board their bus. The Wilmington group approached the bus (which was parked all the way across the street from the dock), there were no other vehicles in the lot where the bus was parked, and declared their intent to board the bus. For a bus occupied by a few women, a large group of strangers, including aggressive talking/acting men, is a clear threat/safety concern.
4. If anyone should be arrested, it should be the man with the shovel.
5. Parents should be more selective in who they allow to chaparone their children. The chaparones in this case were the aggressors. Where were the women? Where were the mothers? Why were there only male chaperones for a 16 year old female’s birthday? Why would chaparones of a birthday party blatantly start trouble with another, non aggressive group? Why did the Wilmington group approach the bus in the first place? Where did the shovel even come from? Why would a teenage girl jump between two grown men fighting? Why would someone from the Wilmington group pull a van in front of the party bus to attempt to block the other group in the parking lot?

As a witness to this incident, I was afraid for my life and the lives of others involved. There was no reason for this altercation to occur or continue to escalate. I’m thankful that no one involved, traumatized or not, lost their life due to this nonsense.

For future reference, be careful who you walk up on. Peaceful people will defend themselves and protect their loved ones when provoked.

And finally, losing a fight does not make you a victim. You cannot be a bully/instigator and a victim at the same time.

Be Blessed Y’all

Guestof it
2015 years 9 months ago

And does anyone find it odd that there were no arrests made? Some guy had his head smashed open and 4 went to the hospital and no one is arrested that night? How is that possible? Great investigative work.


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