Vancouver police seek witnesses in Pride weekend assault on Commercial Drive

It's being investigated as a possible hate crime.

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      Vancouver police have released another disturbing video of an unprovoked attack.

      It occurred on Commercial Drive near East 10th Avenue in the early morning of July 31 in the midst of Pride Week.

      Three males assaulted a 42-year-old man on the street after he bought a Slurpee, according to a Vancouver police news release. It followed a verbal confrontation in the lineup inside the store.

      “The victim had a drink thrown at him, was knocked to the ground, and was repeatedly punched and kicked by three men, while two women watched from a distance,” Const. Tania Visintin said in a news release. “After the attack, the men and women left together, leaving the injured victim on the side of the road.”

      Police are investigating this as a possible hate crime but have been unable to identify the five people in the video, including two females.

      “The video shows a number of people passing through the area, including people in cars and a cyclist who stopped to help but did not remain on scene when police arrived,” Visintin said. “We’re also asking these people to come forward to tell us what they saw and heard, so we can fully understand what happened.”

      Anyone who witnessed the attack is being urged to call the VPD at 604-717-9209 or email