Midnight Basketball Coach Badly Beaten In SoCal Gang Attack

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A coach who tried to defend a player during a Midnight Basketball Program in Long Beach is recovering
after he was beaten by as many as 15 gang members.

The 37-year-old coach says he suffered broken bones in his face
and hands, had bruised ribs and needed stitches after Thursday night's attack at a park gym.

No arrests were made.

The coach told the Long Beach Press-Telegram that he saw several
gang members attack one of the boys who was playing at the gym
under the city-sponsored recreation program. The coach says he
shouted at the gang members, who turned on him, and more came
running in as he defended himself.
Police are investigating.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-04-05-08 1412EDT

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