Seattle Police are investigating to determine if an attack on a 15-year-old West Seattle boy was racially motivated.
Shane McClellan's father says his son was walking home from a friend's house Tuesday around 2 a.m. when he was approached by three black males and an Asian or Pacific lslander male.
Asking him first for a light, they then attacked him, kicking and hitting him and threatening him with a gun, said McClellan.
"They started punching, knocked him down, kicking him, robbed him of everything, stole his coat, shoved him to the ground, stuck a gun in the back of his head," described McClellan. "I can't tell you what it's like to see and not even be able to recognize your son."McClellan says they also burned the back of Shane's neck with cigarette butts before taking out a belt and making the racially-charged comments.
"When they were beating with the belt [they said] that they hated white people, and that's what the whipping was for," said McClellan.
Shane said they told him they singled him out because that was what his ancestors did to theirs.
The teen was unconscious until about 7 a.m., said McClellan, and he then stumbled into the street and was helped to a hospital by a passerby.
Seattle Police have referred the case to their Bias Crimes Unit for review as a possible hate crime.
When the officer returned to the site of the assault ... he found dried blood on the guardrails, an empty Four Loko brand energy beer can and fresh Marlboro Red cigarette butts, which he took into evidence.
As he was driving back to the precinct, the policeman saw a black man and a second man who appeared to be Filipino in their early 20s walking east in the 1600 block of Southwest Holden Street.
"I immediately noticed that the energy beer that both suspects possessed was the same brand, size and flavor as the empty can I located at the scene of the assault," Blake wrote in the report.
When Blake stopped the men he saw both had dried blood on their faces and/or hands, which were swabbed for DNA samples.
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