Concord, NC - A NASCAR veteran and his family are recovering after they say three men assaulted them Friday night following the Rascal Flatts concert.
"I think we're just shocked that something like this could even happen," said long-time NASCAR veteran Mike Wallace, who says he was just making small talk with another concert-goer when things started to take a troublesome turn.
“It really didn't take 15 to 20 seconds. There was no dialog between us in regards to anything that provoked the conversation,”
When out of nowhere he was hit in the head and knocked unconscious.
"I do remember how bad it hurt and the next thing I know I woke up on the ground."
His daughter Lindsay Van Wingerden says three men continued to kick her father as he laid on the pavement. And when she jumped on top to shield him from further blows, it was her that was then targeted.
“That's when the mom of this group and put her hands on me and started strangling and pulling my hair,” said Van Wingerden.
They say it all happened here in the PNC Music Pavilion parking lot Friday night after the Rascall Flatts concert.
So saddened to hear what happened to Mike Wallace & his daughter after the Charlotte concert. Sending love & prayers for a fast recovery.— Rascal Flatts (@rascalflatts) June 20, 2016
"There's 12 stitches inside and outside my mouth,” said Wallace. “My teeth are inverted underneath now.” He also describes seeing blurriness in his right eye, which has also been bruised from the assault.
Mike's brother Kenny posted on Facebook, quote: "I am tore up and sick to my stomach about my brother Mike and his daughter Lindsay and everyone involved in this senseless (explicative) beating."
"The story is that Mike laid on the ground knocked out while three men took their turn kicking my brother right in the face,” said Kenny. “It's appalling and something needs to be done to these men."
Lindsay and Mike spent the night at the hospital while the three men spent the night in jail. Nathan Lucas(23) and Paul Lucas (29) of Monroe and Randolph Mangum (24) of Indian Trail, face misdemeanors but Van Wingerden says that’s not enough.
"We've been told by CMPD that they've had three altercations at PNC already and to know that we're number four and they just got a slap on the wrist?” said Van Wingerden. “I thought looking at my dad that he was dead."
"Events are supposed to be fun,” said Wallace. “Whatever type of event you go to it’s supposed to be fun, not supposed to have a group of people that ruin the fun for everyone so watch what you're doing, watch who you're with. If you don't know them, don't even talk to me."
The Lucas brothers and Mangum were releasd on $1,000 and $1,500 bonds respectively and are due back in court on July 22.