A 24-year-old Massachusetts man is in critical condition at the hospital nearly four days after a brutal fight on a West Village street, and police are looking for several of the assailants.
Early Sunday morning, Kevin McCarron and several friends went to a pizzeria and when they returned to McCarron's car parked on MacDougal Street, found a group of men sitting on the vehicle, according to police. The two groups exchanged words, and the argument became violent when the men sitting on the car retrieved a bat and a tire iron to beat McCarron.
McCarron, a star athlete in his native suburban Boston, sustained a fractured skull in the attack.
Neighbors on the bustling West Village block said things can get rough, but the weekend incident was extreme.
"The bars don't close until 4. Around 5, everything spills onto the street and people are really drunk," said neighbor Rebecca Maldonado.
Restaurant manager Jim Dumankaya said there is usually a big police presence on the block.
"I don't know what happened that night," he said. "I guess they weren't around."
Two Brooklyn men were arrested in the attack and charged with attempted murder. Police are looking for an additional suspect.
No one answered the door at the Bensonhurst home of one of the men Wednesday, but a friend told NBC 4 New York he was "a very good kid."
"I've known him for seven years," said Tarek Kasen. "I've never seen him hitting anybody or insulting anybody."
Neighbors and friends of McCarron were stunned to learn of the attack.
"Hearing what has happened and seeing it -- I just can't look at it," said John Baroni.
"Poor kid," another neighbor said. "He was wrong place at the wrong time."