In an apparent racially motivated attack, a white family was assaulted, pummeled, and robbed by a black mob while enjoying Mother’s Day weekend in Savannah, Georgia.

On Saturday, May 10, Rob Gray and his brother-in-law Jim Thomas, both of Atlanta, and their families were in a tourist-oriented part of Savannah when the trouble started. Writes

Family members said they had finished eating dinner in a Savannah restaurant and were walking along River Street.

… “All of a sudden,” the police report said, “a black male and a black female forcefully walked through his [Mr. Thomas’] family bumping into him and the small children in his family.”

“Thomas then advised that he then said something to the black male about his actions. He then explained that the black male then stopped and turned around and charged at him and assaulted him. Mr. Thomas then advised that several more unknown black individual[s] came from behind and attacked his family including the children.”

Thomas provides details about the attack’s brutality in a Facebook post:

My 6 yr old daughter was punched in the stomach. Both of my sons [ages 9 and 11] were thrown around. My niece [age 13] was viciously attacked by one of the older women in this crowd, Roberta [Gray’s girlfriend] was scratched up mercilessly as she tried to save the children, and my wife was yanked around by her hair by a man 3 times her size. All EIGHT of us were assaulted!

… Rob had been hit so hard, that it has probably fractured his orbital and damaged his left eye. I have multiple scratches, bruises and a scratched lens in my right eye. We both have severe head & neck trauma.

Video evidence attests to this, with both men visibly injured; Gray’s left eye is apparently swollen shut in one photograph. Family members also suffered bruises and lacerations, and the goods they purchased that evening were stolen.

After the attack, Thomas says they sought refuge in a nearby candy store as the black mob waited outside, prompting the store’s proprietor to complain that the bleeding family’s presence was costing him business. Perhaps due to this uncharitable attitude (this wasn’t specified) the family left their “safe haven” to return to their hotel, only to be stalked by their attackers, who followed not far behind.

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