MILWAUKEE — A 42-year-old man suffered second-degree burns after an unknown suspect threw acid on him during an altercation.
Investigators say that an argument broke out between two people in the 2600 block of S. 13th Street about 8:30 p.m. Friday.
The fight escalated when the victim, 42-year-old Mahud V, had acid thrown at him causing serious injuries.
Mahud says that the acid burned through two layers of his coat.
"I don't know the guy. I never saw him in my life and he did this to me. Who carries around a bottle of acid?," Mahud said.
Witnesses say that the attacker first confronted the victim about parking.
"When I was getting ready to go into the restaurant he told me you can't park there," Mahud said.
The victim was quickly approached again.
"I walk across the street. He started talking. You come to invade my country. You don't respect my laws," Mahud recalls.
Community leaders are standing with the victim, condemning the alleged attack and demanding justice.
"An American citizen was attacked last night in a disgusting act of hate," Darryl Morin, president of Forward Latino.
"We are here to tell you that this is our country, this is our state, and this is our city." said state Rep. Jocasta Zamarripa. "Milwaukee will not stand for this."