A violent street game being played by teens across the country is making national headlines. It's called the 'knockout game' and in some cases deaths have been reported as a result of the game.
In a video posted to YouTube, teens from Pittsburgh sucker punch a school teacher as he walks by. He falls face first onto the curb, not moving as the group of teenagers laughs and walks away. The goal of knockout is to hit a stranger so hard that it knocks them out with one blow. Targets can be men, women and the elderly.
This past Saturday a man leaving the Hi-Co Mart at E. Sprague Ave. and N. Mullen Rd. was assaulted randomly by three white young men. The unprovoked attack is what lead deputies to compare this incident to the game of knockout.
Watching a blind side attack like that can be hard to stomach but for some it's all part of the knockout game. Spokane Valley Police think this violent game might be making it's way to Eastern Washington.
"Simply walks by, says, 'How's it going fellas?'" said Deputy Craig Chamberlin with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.