One man may lose his hand and another seven were sent to hospital after a full-scale brawl involving various weapons erupted in Brisbane.
A man may lose his hand and two others suffered “very significant injuries” after a wild brawl involving bats and poles in Brisbane’s southside overnight.
Police were called to a brawl involving around 40 men armed with various weapons, including bats and poles, on Daw Rd at Runcorn about 10.30pm on Monday.
Police treated a 36-year-old with first aid while he awaited the arrival of paramedics. He suffered significant injuries to his hand, neck and head.
A group of men attempted to leave the scene in a Nissan X-trail but were intercepted by the dog squad on Nathan St.
Seven men, aged between 22 and 38, were taken into custody. An eighth man was arrested in Cactus St.
All men have since been released as investigations continue.
Eight men, including the 36-year-old man, were transported to hospital with injuries.
“They were here to kill each other,” Runcorn local Craig Merwood told the Courier Mail.
“There were about 40 people that just bashed the absolute s**t out of each other.”
Queensland Police acting superintendent Simon Tayler said some of the injuries were very “confronting”.
“One of our members applied a tourniquet due to the severity of one of the injuries that they saw at the scene,” he said.
“One of our dog squad officers proceeded from that incident location and intercepted a vehicle shortly down the road that had up to five males inside it, he was by himself and he took that vehicle in.
“He would have seen edge weapons being used, we know that there was baseball bats, poles, (different) weapons.”
He said police suspected golf clubs were used in the brawl as well.
Police have not yet established what caused the fight.
Anyone with information about the brawl, or who can identify those involved, is encouraged to come forward and speak with police.
Queensland Ambulance Service medical director Steve Rashford said of the eight men, three had serious injuries, including a wound to one man’s hand that was severe.
“Three male patients were transport to hospital with very significant injuries including limb-threatening wounds,” he said.
Another male in his 30s also suffered head injuries, Dr Rashford said, and was taken to hospital in a stable condition.
A third male was taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.