Milwaukee police looking for suspect in alleged acid attack

November 2, 2019 GMT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police are searching for a man suspected in an acid attack that sent a 42-year-old man to the hospital.

Police say the incident began about 8:30 p.m. Friday with a verbal altercation. The dispute escalated and the unknown suspect allegedly threw acid from an aluminum cannister at the victim, leaving him with second-degree burns on his face.

The suspect is a white man. The victim has not been identified.

Alderman Jose Perez said in a statement that police are investigating the incident as a hate crime. He called it a “heinous” offense and an act of “senseless violence.”