Two men were attacked outside the V-Lounge, a popular Eighth Avenue nightclub, on Aug. 17 in a case that may have been racially motivated, police said.
The two victims, who are both black, told cops that they were standing alone when a large group of Asian men approached them outside the club at 1 am.
At some point, one of the men pulled a club and knocked the 26-year-old victim in the head while his pal, also 26, was attacked by glass bottles, according to police.
The thugs fled into a silver Mercury, and the wounded club-hoppers were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Only later were questions raised about the gang’s violent motivations.
A witness told police that the apparent ringleader of the gang, who was described as a 5-foot-11 Asian man with a heavy build, dark black sunglasses and slicked-back black hair, ordered the others to inflict pain.
“If you are my brothers, you will get them,” a witness reported hearing.
The victims were not robbed, and the senseless violence was the first of its kind at the club, which is between 62nd and 63rd streets.