Two men suffered serious head injuries when they were hit by a shopping cart which was hurled off the third floor of a New York car park. (Daily Mail By JILL REILLY)
The vicious attack, which happened at 5:30 p.m. at a Bronx shopping centre, is thought to be related to a feud between rival taxi cab firms.
It comes three months after a similar incident nearby which left a mother in a coma.
Sagne Ibrahima, 30, and Camara Lounceny, 52, who both lived locally, were hit when they were standing near the Home Depot on the Gateway Center mall’s ground floor.
Eye witnesses have said that an hour before the attack, several men were arguing over turf with rival drivers.
‘I saw the cart next to the guys. They weren’t moving. It was like a hole in one guy’s head and blood everywhere. It was just scary,’ said a 25-year-old Home Depot employee told the New York Post.
The victims were rushed by ambulance to Lincoln Medical Center with what police described as serious head injuries.
Mr Lounceny is in a critical condition, while Mr Ibrahima is listed as stable.
By the time police arrived there was no sign of their attacker.
The police have not named any suspects, but they are reviewing a videotape from the garage.
A blue Toys “R” Us cart stood on its side on the pavement, with blood splattered nearby.
In November, Marion Hedges was left fighting for her life after she was struck by the falling cart when the dangerous prank went wrong in the East Harlem district of Manhattan, New York.
She was shopping for Halloween candy for less fortunate children with her son on October 30 when the cart fell on her.
Charged with the crime were Jeovanni Rosario and Raymond Hernandez, both 12 at the time of the near-fatal prank.
A source told the New York Post, that Mrs Hedges, now brain-damaged, forgives the children and is more concerned with the ‘economic conditions that created that situation’.
The prank has left Mrs Hedges unable to take part in the charitable events she has devoted herself to over the years.
The source told the Post: ‘She’s not the same person. Talking to her is like talking to a 9-year-old or a 90-year-old.
‘She gets emotional and forgets things quickly. There is short-term memory loss.’
Both boys, now 13, have pleaded guilty to dropping the cart over the railing despite knowing it could seriously hurt those below.