Police: Capitol Hill assault possibly racially motivated

SEATTLE -- A 22-year-old man was hospitalized after an apparently random and possibly racially motivated assault early Sunday morning in Capitol Hill.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the victim was with a group of friends in the 700 block of East Pike Street around 2 a.m. when he was approached by a man he didn't know.

The man used racial slurs against the victim then assaulted him, knocking him to the ground, according to police.

Once the victim was on the ground, a number of other people reportedly started kicking him. It is unknown if the new assailants knew the original attacker.

The victim was able to get away, and officers found him a few blocks away with injuries to his head and face, including a missing tooth. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Officers were unable to find the attacker.