Man Speaks Out About Brutal Attack Caught On Camera At West Charlotte Gym

CHARLOTTE — A brutal attack at a Charlotte gym on Christmas Eve.  The victim told WCCB News a man beat him with a dumbbell, and it was caught on camera.

The video shows two men talking, then one of them walks away.  Seconds later, one of the men picks up a dumbbell and knocks the man in the head.  The victim collapses to the floor.  The man then punches the victim over and over again, and then he walks casually out of the gym.  The victim laid on the floor bleeding.  He was rushed to the hospital.  The man now has trouble with his vision and may need surgery on his eye.

“I think to myself that he’s not trying to hurt me, he tried to kill me.  I passed out.  I don’t remember nothing,” the victim says.

The attack happened on Christmas Eve at the Planet Fitness on Freedom Drive.  The victim says the man got angry when he informed him that he was still using the equipment, when the suspect tried to work out with it.

Watch his entire interview here:

Planet Fitness sent us this statement:

“At Planet Fitness, the health and safety of our members is our top priority, and we have zero tolerance for violence of any kind in our clubs. We are committed to providing a safe environment and were shocked by this unlawful act. The local franchise owner is fully cooperating with the appropriate authorities in their investigation of this situation.”

If you recognize the suspect in the video, please call Crimestoppers at 704-334-1600.