Posted in music on July 17, 2013

Dru Barnes in recovery (via NBC)
Dru Barnes

A musician from Brooklyn, New York, is recovering following a horrific attack that took place in broad daylight last week, leaving him blind in one eye.

Dru Barnes, 34, was walking home to Fort Greene from a friend's house in Bedford-Stuyvesant Thursday morning following a party when he got lost.

Police believe Barnes' assailant followed him for a block before he bludgeoned him with a hammer to the head...

...The incident took place at around 10am Thursday morning in front of 934 Jefferson Avenue, where police say Barnes was approached from behind and struck several times in the head.

Responding officers recovered the hammer used as a weapon in the attack and obtained surveillance footage from nearby cameras, NY1 reported.

Police have yet to determine a motive, but they do not believe it was a hate crime or a robbery gone awry. - [Daily Mail UK]

UPDATE: NYPD have released (blurry and dark) video of the alleged assailant, which you can watch at NY1.

Thankfully, Dru Barnes (a member of JOGYO) didn't suffer any brain damage from the attack but still has multiple surgeries ahead. If you'd like to help with Dru's medical bills, a fund has been set up.

Get better, Dru! An NBC report on the story is below.

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Comments (31)

wtfffffff

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 12:54 PM

such a nice guy...did not deserve that. what is wrong with people...???

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 12:56 PM

holy shit get better

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 12:58 PM

Damn. That's a fucking shame.

Meanwhile, have authorities questioned MC Hammer?

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 1:05 PM

Nig on Nig violence, yo. It was payback for something. Can't wait for Al Sharpton and JJ to organise a protest. Oh, wait, they won't do that- it was only a Nig on Nig thang.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 1:07 PM

New York keeping it's rep of HORRIBLE place.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 1:08 PM

Was he robbed or did someone merely just want to beat him with a hammer just to do it?

Terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 1:09 PM

He got lost in a horrible part of the neighborhood. Get better soon, man.

Posted by JT | July 17, 2013 1:16 PM

Gay shit?

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 1:17 PM

^sounds like it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 1:22 PM

What were you doing at your friend's house till 10am? God I hope they catch whoever did this!

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 1:31 PM

It could have been worse. It could have been raining.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 1:36 PM

Anyone else almost entirely certain that there is something missing from the story as it was written?

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 1:41 PM

this was gay bashing, right? sad.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 1:46 PM

^it said police believe it wasn't a hate crime or a robbery. I mean it's POSSIBLE that someone randomly hit him on the head with a hammer on a street at 10am, but it's not real probable. I'm guessing he knew the attacker. Something is being left out of this story.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 1:54 PM

If the Bed Sty hammer psycho didn't rob him, but dropped the hammer it means he wasn't crazy. Crazy guy would have taken the hammer w him and kept bashing other passersby and waited for the cops to shoot him 18X. Sooo........looks like gay bash or bizarre love triangle payback.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 2:07 PM

this is awful. dru is the nicest. the world is messed up. bad.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 2:08 PM

I am outraged. There needs to be a federal investigation by the Justice Department. I am not satisfied with what I have seen so far in this investigation.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 2:10 PM

scorned lover or drugs.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 2:14 PM

This is awful. Get well.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 2:30 PM

Jesus, that is fucked. Poor guy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 3:06 PM

If it was Chicago, it would have been an AK47 instead of a hammer.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 3:22 PM

In a pinch smashing chickpeas w a hammer, cool. Orbital facial socket, not cool.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 3:38 PM

could be gang initiation? horrible, hope he recovers

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 3:55 PM

And the boys in the alley ways
All bending at the knees
Trying to find something to fuck
Trying to find something to please

Hold on to
Everything

And every hour that passes
While I'm living in the dark
Reminds me when we saw the boys
Bending at the knees

Hammer
I miss you

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 4:52 PM

:'^(''

Posted by Toast | July 17, 2013 9:02 PM

If this wasn't Bed Sty I would say it's some little Guinea making his bones.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2013 9:24 PM

sure, 9:24, that's all it takes to become a made man, hit some hipster with a hammer. anybody who tells me that they did me a favor with slop like this won't even make delivery boy. You have been playing Super Mario Brothers II too much, and have confused a video game monster with a real Sicilian soldier, cazzo.

Posted by Don Carne | July 18, 2013 12:34 AM

GTA IV

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2013 7:10 PM

They arrested some crazy homeless guy.

He hit him w the claw side of the hammer literally ripping his eyeball out.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2013 8:39 AM

That was real sad.

Posted by Jionni | May 19, 2014 6:33 AM

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