BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The “knockout” game is when a person tries to knock a random person unconscious with one punch.
Glynn County Police Chief Matthew Doering said it happened at the Walmart in Brunswick.
“It came to our attention. We investigated further and fortunately we were able to gather the evidence to arrest four people,” said Doering.
Police said Brandon Allen Jr. delivered the punch, but Kaleb Dirting, Ramone Roberson and Jervon Sanderson will all face one felony count of first degree cruelty toward a child because the victim is 16 years old. The fire chief’s son and nephew were shopping when the attack happened.
The news disgusted Walmart shopper Patrick Williams.
“Innocent people shouldn't have to go through that. You’re minding your own business and someone comes up to you and punches you in the face for no reason at all? I think it's ridiculous,” said Williams.
Doering said part of the reason that felony charges are being pressed is to send a message that the game will not be tolerated in Brunswick.
“This is a good case to let everyone know it's not a game. No, it's not entertaining, and no, it's not OK. And yes, regardless of your age, it should be a felony,” said Doering.
Police said the victim is fine, but the case is still under investigation. The Brunswick City and Glynn County violent crimes task force got involved and part of the investigation is to uncover if the knockout game is gang-related.
Doering said charges like battery and assault are pending.