from KOMO News:
A group of local musicians say they became victims of a random, vicious attack outside of a club in the U-District early Friday morning.
Joseph Walbaum suffered a cracked skull and four blood pockets in his brain. He was just released from the hospital on Sunday.
He says he and several other jazz musicians just finished a jam session when five or six guys attacked them, unprovoked, on the sidewalk.
Victim Morgan Gilkeson said it was like a pack of wolves.
“Just punching anyone in sight,” he said.
Evan Flory-Barnes said the attackers were muscular but stocky, and the attack was pure aggression.
“Like, ‘we have to get some violence out of this,’ ” he said.
Davy Nefos said one guy started swinging.
“Then another guy came up from behind, cheap shots — very cheap shots,” he said.
The musicians could do little to defend themselves.
“I was just in (a defensive) position the whole time,” Flory-Barnes said, “receiving these random blows.”
The scuffle ended up in the street. And when police arrived, the attackers fled.
Band members say it was a random act of violence and they don’t know why they were targeted.
“Ultimately, i just want to make sure the streets are safe,” Walbaum said.