An unnamed 46-year-old Alabama man is recovering from 2nd and 3rd degree burns after a brief scuffle with members of a passing car.

The man was hiking the Appalachian Trail when he passed through Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to pick up supplies. He had stopped at the Grey and Blue Bar off Lincoln Square and at about 1 a.m. on Thursday he was walking when strangers passed by in a small blue car and shouted to him. They taunted him saying he was homeless. The hiker yelled back and the car turned around.

He tried to get away from the oncoming car and turned into an alley, according to police, but the car cut him off. Two of the five people in the car jumped out – one threw a cup of liquid on him, the other lit a match and threw it at the man. He suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to the hands, arms, scalp and face. His clothing, backpack and its contents were also damaged.

The incident sparked outrage from the community. Police have received about 25 phone calls from people calling to assist the man. Gettysburg Borough paid for a hotel for the man and community members paid for his flight home to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Police are currently investigating the incident. They are looking at security cameras from the nearby area and asking for help from anyone with information. Contact Gettysburg Police at 717.334.1168 or Adams County Control at 717.334.8101.

Below is FOX footage of the incident. See the location where it happened and a word from residents.

Image from Jon Dawson (jmd41280) on the flickr Creative Commons

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  • DarrellM5

    This is just one of the many possible scenarios that can happen when you’re out alone. That’s why I always legally carry a firearm. Also, I would never take a chance on escalating the problem by shouting back.

  • Shenandoah

    I would not have shouted back at the carload of idiots – his first mistake. Situations like this tend to escalate quickly if one is a hothead, or feels compelled to “get the last word” – I know – I’ve been there. Yes, I too, always carry.

  • 9Spoon9

    Burn all 5 perpetrators in the fashion of a “witch” in ye days of olde!

  • Bill

    But if Obummer and Hillary get there way they will use the UN and NATO troops to come and take your guns, freedom, and in the end all you have. tell your goverment you do not support the UN arms treaty do it now before your sold out by the communist in our goverment!