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      Graphic video of Five Points attack hits social media

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - A graphic video of one of several weekend assaults in the Five Points area of Columbia has surfaced in a post on Facebook.

      The video, which captures only the end of the incident, shows several men hitting and kicking Josh Bosworth.

      Bosworth suffered a broken jaw and several lacerations from the attack that occurred early Sunday morning in front of Bey's, a bar on Harden St., and Pop's New York Pizza.

      "My jaw is broken in two places and I have titanum plates in it," said Bosworth, who is focusing on recovering.

      The video does not show what initiated the beating, but Bosworth says he believes he and his friends were targeted by a group of men looking to hurt anyone.

      According to the incident report released by the Columbia Police Department, a "verbal altercation" instigated the fight around 2 a.m. Sunday and "seven to ten black males" assaulted Bosworth, punching and kicking him in the chest and head area until he fell to the ground.

      A thread of comments posted to the video on Facebook indicate that racial remarks may have lead to the attack.

      Two other violent acts were reported in the Five Points area during the early hours of Sunday, September 23.

      The Columbia Police Department released information on another assault that was reported around 1 a.m. in front of Thirsty Parrot's, a bar on Harden St. in Five Points.

      The victim in that incident suffered a broken arm after bumping into a group of men and getting into a verbal altercation, according to the incident report. The victim told authorities he tried to walk away from the altercation, but was attacked from behind and punched "several times in the face and body" by "eight unknown black male subjects."

      The third incident reported Sunday occurred just after 1 a.m., according to Police.

      Several shots were fired in the Five Points area, according to an incident report.

      There are no reported injuries from the shooting, but the incident report says nine .40 caliber shell casings were recovered and damage was caused to a vehicle that was in the area. One casing was not recovered.

      Based on the reports, the incident in front of Thirsty Parrot's happened first, followed by the shooting and then the attack in front of Bey's and Pop's New York Pizza.

      Police have not connected the crimes.

      Due to the community's interest in these events, the Five Points Association will be holding a meeting to inform the public with the Columbia Police Department in the near future. A date and time of the meeting has yet to be determined.

      WACH Fox will be speaking with Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott Tuesday afternoon to get more details on these incidents.

      Anyone with information on these incidents should contact CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.