‘They were here to kill each other’: Violent fight breaks out between forty men carrying metal poles, baseball bats and even SWORDS – as onlookers describe seeing a man’s hand almost severed in the attack
- The brawl started at 10.30pm last night in the south Brisbane suburb of Runcorn
- Up to 40 men wielding poles, bats and clubs were involved in the melee
- One man was seriously injured and seven others required hospital treatment
- Police are yet to establish a motive for the fight but cites ‘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 in hospital, as police begin investigations into the cause of the fight.
Shortly after 10.30am last night residents alerted police to the violent brawl on Daw Street, Runcorn, a southern suburb of Brisbane.
Queensland Police Acting Superintendent Simon Tayler said on Tuesday that investigators were aware of underlying tensions expressed on social media between members of a ‘particular community’ before the incident.
He said police were speaking to members of the area’s Indian community to try and establish a motive for the clash.
The location on Daw Road, Runcorn, south of Brisbane, where the brawl involving up to 40 men took place on Monday night shortly after 10.30pm
‘I can’t give specifics about the individuals involved, all I know is we had known about some underlying community tensions so it was probably a fair bit broader than … the 40 people or whoever was involved there last night,’ Acting Superintendent Tayler told reporters.
One man injured in the brawl suffered serious head and neck injuries and is in a serious condition in Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Several other men also attended hospital for treatment.
‘They were here to kill each other,’ witness Craig Merwood told The Courier Mail.
‘They had big metal rods or poles, they had crowbars, they had those big swords with hooks on them.
‘It was just incredible.’
Mr Merwood said one man appeared to have had his hand almost severed in the wild melee.
Another resident, Gurjinder Kaur Sidhu, told the ABC that a metre-long pole which appeared to have blood on it was thrown into her backyard.
Acting Superintendent Tayler said the scene for first responders was ‘confronting’.
‘I have witnessed the body cam footage of some of the officers that that went there at that initial first stage… it was quite hectic,’ he said.
‘They went straight into their tactical first aid training because it was important, some of the injuries they witnessed required that immediate action.’
A member of the dog squad singlehandedly apprehended five men in a car not far from the scene afterwards, Acting Superintendent Tayler said.
‘He was by himself and he took that vehicle in,’ he said.
Those most seriously injured in the wild melee were taken to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital
Queensland Police Acting Superintendent Simon Tayler said on Tuesday that first responders were faced with a ‘confronting’ scene when they arrived
Eight men aged between 22 and 38 were taken into custody for questioning but later released.
Acting Superintendent Tayler said he understood some of the men had provided information to police but that a ‘full and clear’ picture was required before any further action could be taken.
‘The behaviour, whether they’re known to each other or not, is totally unacceptable,’ he said.
Police have set up Operation Tango Rhubarb based out of Upper Mount Gravatt Police Station, and appealed to the public to come forward with any information, including any vision of the incident.