A shocking video captures a mob of up to 40 teens viciously beating a group of off-duty Marines on a California beach.
The Marines had reportedly asked the teens to stop lighting fireworks when the mob began following and attacking them.
The viral footage shows the Marines being sucker-punched and then swarmed by the mob, who throw punches, kick, and stomp on the victims.
Racial slurs and derogatory remarks were heard during the attack, which lasted until a man and woman intervened.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident and aims to identify and prosecute all individuals involved.
The attack is considered an assault with a deadly weapon due to the number of suspects involved.
Despite the severity of the assault, the victims, who were confirmed to be Marines, refused medical treatment.
One of the Marines fears he may have suffered a concussion after being stomped on.
The Marines had asked the teens to stop lighting fireworks after being hit by debris, but the situation escalated into a violent confrontation.
Law enforcement officials have pledged to investigate the incident fully, even if the servicemen choose not to press charges.