The incident, which left the victim with multiple injuries, occurred at a subway station near his home around 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27.
Tadataka Unno, 40, a jazz pianist, was allegedly hit by a teenage boy as soon he arrived at the ticket gate of the downtown Manhattan station from work.
While he managed to escape the station, he was then chased and beaten by a group of eight boys and girls, whom he heard say the word “Chinese.”
The Tokyo-born musician, who was rushed to the emergency room, suffered fractures in his right arm and shoulder, a broken collarbone and bruises all over his body including his head, according to Jiji Press.
It’s unclear what exactly provoked the attack, but the group reportedly claimed that Unno had touched one of them.
Due to his injuries, Unno has not played the piano for at least a week after the incident, and he reportedly suffers from trauma. He has not been able to hold his newborn son as well. How the musician will provide for his family now that his main source of income has been put on hold is a source of concern for many, according to Sora News24.