VIDEO: Man fighting for his life after taking punch to the face in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA)—It’s a Saint Patrick’s Day party that went wrong with booze, beads and a brawl, and left a man fighting for his life in a local hospital.

Now St. Pete officials are searching for those responsible.

Investigators say Brian Scott Neal was partying on St. Patrick’s Day in downtown when he got into a fight with three men.

One of the men punched Neal so hard, he fell to the ground and hit his head on the pavement, according to police.

Dominique Giza, a bartender at Ringside Café, was working that night when she heard the commotion.

“Police had it all taped off and like everybody backed off of it,” said Giza.

It happened on Central Avenue and 2nd street, by Detroit Liquors.

“Everybody was saying they saw blood coming out of his ear. That’s when everybody knew it was serious,” said Giza.

Police say the blow may have done severe damage.

“A punch can be very deadly and most of the time is when the person falls back and hits their head on something, hits it on the pavement and in this case, it looks like our victim took a really bad fall,” said Yolanda Fernandez with the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Neal is a second-year engineer student at USF. He was unconscious when he was rushed to the emergency room.

“We have a 26-year-old college student, who is severely injured and we really want to find this guy so we’re hoping that people will see the picture that we were able to get from one of the neighboring bars and maybe, we can identify him,” said Fernandez.

Bar staff who work around the busy Central Avenue, are also sharing the surveillance video, keeping an eye out for the possible attacker.

“Everybody on the block’s been trying to get together with their security footage and everything,” said Giza “I don’t want them out here, like ruining anybody else’s day.”

Neal remains at Bayfront Health,

Police have not been able to speak with him.

Anyone who recognizes any of the men in the surveillance video has been asked to call the Saint Petersburg Police Department at (727) 893-7780.


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