KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) The student who captured a fight inside the Cook Out restaurant talks about why he decided to turn on his camera and start rolling.
19 year-old freshman, Chaz Lee said he already had his phone sitting out when he heard the two groups of young men start to argue. As the arguing got louder and closer, he figured he would start recording.
"I had never seen anything like this in my life. It just blew my mind," Lee said.
Lee's video shows a group of males arguing and shoving one another, then one of them comes across the screen and punches another man. From there, a brutal beating takes place only feet in front of Lee's vantage point.
"I didn't expect anything to happen," Lee said of the situation.
The video has already gained more than one million views from various websites, but Lee said he feels badly that he captured it, but didn't try to stop it.
"I still wish I would have done something but, no one really expected it to happen. It happened so quickly," Lee explained.
Knoxville Police are using Lee's video as evidence and as their main tool to try and figure out who was all involved. So far they have interviewed at least three people who were involved in the fight.
The young man who received the worst of the punches was also identified Tuesday afternoon by Knoxville Police.
19 year-old John Buntin was wearing the red shirt in the video. A police department incident report says that Buntin went to U.T. Medical Center with 'apparent broken bones'.
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