Thirty people, some wielding beer bottles, attacked a black man and two of his white friends outside a Long Island bar, police said Thursday.
Patrons made racial comments to Gregory Jean Pierre, 24, and his two friends when they entered the Roadhouse Pub on Route 25 in Centereach around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Suffolk Police said.
The bar's owner threw everyone out, and about 30 people attacked the three in the parking lot.
Jean Pierre, of Plainfield, N.J., and his friends drove across the street to a chimney shop where one of them, Peter Wolfinger, 27, of Centereach, works.
After he ran inside, members of the crowd wielding beer bottles set upon Jean Pierre and the other friend, Brian Moran, 26, of Coram.
Wolfinger came out of the store with a shotgun, which he fired in the air, Reecks said. The three friends all got inside the chimney store and called 911, but police said at least two men and a woman broke down the door to continue the attack.
Jean Pierre and Moran were treated for minor injuries and released from University Medical Center at Stonybrook. Moran suffered a possible broken nose and needed several stitches; Jean Pierre had cuts and bruises. Wolfinger was unhurt.