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    A male student at UC Berkeley lost consciousness early Sunday after he was beaten by a group of males at a residence hall, and the suspects are still at large, according to police. Marianne Favro reports. (Published Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017)

    A male student at UC Berkeley lost consciousness early Sunday after he was beaten by a group of males at a residence hall, and the suspects are still at large, according to police.

    Police said the victim, who witnesses said is a Cal baseball player, became entangled in an altercation with the trio before being beaten at Unit 3, a complex that includes high-rise buildings for student housing.

    The victim was transported to a hospital before being released hours later, police said.

    The victim told police that the assault was unprovoked, but witnesses reported that there was an exchange of words before the beating.

    The suspects were last seen walking away from the scene via Durant Avenue, according to police. Officers searched the area, but they did not find the suspects.

    Students reacted Sunday with shock and concern for safety. One student said the victim went outside to make a call just before he was attacked.

    "He got beat up in the back of the head and face and is hurt," student Sofia Sotomayor said. "It's pretty crazy it happened on the street."

    Students who know the victim said he is a Cal baseball player and not a violent person.

    "He's not a threatening kid; he is really nice," student Sloane Leipzig said. "He would never do anything to incite an incident like this."

    One suspect was described as wearing all black clothing, according to police. The second suspect was said to be wearing a red hat, white shirt and blue jeans. The third suspect was believed to be wearing a plaid shirt and white shoes.

    Anyone with information regarding the assault is asked to contact the University of California Police Department at 510-642-0472 during business hours or 510-642-6760 during all other times.

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