Three individuals accused of severely beating a U.S. Army veteran early Thursday morning are being sought out by Michigan police.
According to police, 25-year-old Adam Wagner intervened inside a 7/11, after he observed the three suspects started taunting the female clerk.
Outside, things escalated when the trio observed military decals on Wagner's vehicle.
"He intervened tried to defend the clerk a little bit,"a Westland police spokesman told WXYZ-TV. "As he left the store, these guys followed him outside. He had some insignias on his vehicle indicating he was military or army and I think these guys jumped all over that."
That's when things took a sharp turn.
"They called me a homophobic word that starts with an 'F.' They called me a pansy. They called me a wussy that starts with a 'P.' They called me a fool for joining a military that does allow n-word people," Wagner told WXYZ-TV.
"They were just pounding on my head," he added. "Then they started kicking me, kicking me right in the face and that's when I was just screaming for help and then they darted off."
The 25-year-old, who served in Afghanistan, was taken to the hospital after reportedly getting assistance from a nearby resident.
He suffered a broken nose, deep cuts on his face and mouth, as well as head injuries, WXYZ-TV reported.
Police are still searching for the suspects involved.
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