A teenager is fighting for his life with critical head injuries after an alleged attack on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.
The 19-year-old man from Burleigh Heads was walking through a car park with friends when police allege he got into a verbal argument with a 28-year-old man.
A fight broke out and the teen was punched in the head, causing him to fall backwards and strike his head on the ground, Queensland Police said.
The punch caused bleeding on the brain and he was rushed into emergency surgery.
According to the ABC, the teen was punched twice. The first punch allegedly knocked off his glasses, while the second punch allegedly made him fall backwards.
Emergency services arrived shortly after the attack and transported the teen to hospital in an unconscious state, police said. He was rushed into emergency surgery for a bleed on the brain, Nine News reported.
Victim not known by alleged attacker
The 28-year-old man accused of the attack did not know the teen, who had not long before left the nearby Pink Monkey bar.
The teen and his friends were walking through the Justin Lane car park where the alleged attacker was sitting in his car, it's been reported.
CCTV shared by Nine News appears to show the victim and his friends gathered in the car park near the bar, right before the alleged altercation.
The accused ran from the scene but police arrested the 28-year-old Burleigh Heads man nearby.
He was arrested and charged with one count each of grievous bodily harm and drunk or disorderly conduct on premises.
He has been denied police bail and is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on October 3.
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