A 70-year-old man was seriously injured early Saturday morning after being attacked outside of a 7-Eleven in Syracuse.
Police say James Gifford had just left the store at the intersection of Valley Drive and South Street just after 6:00 a.m. and was attacked by a group of five or six black males, according to Syracuse Police.
Police also said this appears to be an unprovoked incident with an innocent victim.
Law enforcement officials are working with the store to obtain surveillance images that might shed more light on the incident and provide a more specific description of the suspects.
The initial investigation shows that the suspects used their hands and feet, but would not release specifics regarding Gifford’s injuries.
A motive for the attack has not been determined.
Police said they are also unsure if this was a robbery or if it was connected to “knockout game” attacks, in which the participants try to knock a person unconscious on the first punch.