Victim stepped into striking range without watching opponent, did not appear to understand the risk and how fast the situation can change. This was potentially fatal due to the hard surface.
Victim standing with hands in pockets within striking range. Aggressor does not telegraph, strikes while talking to distract victim. Striking from this range happens so quickly that it is impossible to react in time for the vast majority of people.
At attempt to intimidate the shorter male while standing within striking distance doesn’t end well.
Pre-attack cue: Bladed stance with power hand to the rear, looks away and at the ground to disguise intentions before striking.
Pre-attack cues are evident here with the white male taking a bladed stance to add power to his strike and looking away to conceal his intentions.
Despite the victim’s backpedalling and attempt to prevent his opponents getting behind him, one fades to the rear until he is outside the victim’s vision. The victim loses track of this person, which is when the blind side attack occurs.
Any fight in a public space can be seen and judged by other people. There is always the potential for bystanders to intervene in any capacity – they may stop the fight by using physical restraint or attack someone involved when they perceive their behaviour in a negative way. Quite often, bystanders will actually prevent others from intervening so they can see how the fight unfolds.
In this case, a person intervenes to prevent what he saw as an unfair attack, then left too soon as the aggressor returned.