KC ambush involving 2-by-4 leaves victim with critical head injuries

A 28-year-old man suffered critical head injuries after another man attacked him with a 2-by-4 wooden board at a Kansas City gas station Sunday night.

The victim was with a friend about 10:15 p.m. outside their car near Truman Road and Hardesty Avenue when two men approached. One swung the board at the car and broke out the rear and front windshields. He then pounded it against the victim’s head twice, “causing massive damage,” according to police reports.

The victim and his friend got back in the car and drove to the 1700 block of Bristol Avenue with the men following them. A man came out of the home and shouted at the suspects, who drove away.

Officers found the victim lying on the front porch, slipping in and out of consciousness. His injuries were classified as critical at a hospital, police said.

Police said the attack was related to a fight two hours earlier in the 5400 block of East 17th Street. In that dispute, the victim said he was from Mexico and the suspects were from El Salvador and “there is animosity between the two parties because of this,” according to police reports.