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Sterling victims possibly assaulted based on ethnicity

STERLING, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man and his friends may have been assaulted based on their ethnicity in a parking lot in Sterling, Va. Sunday.

The incident happened in the parking lot of the Lake Center Plaza in Sterling, Va. around 2 a.m., Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Detectives believe there may be other victims in the case and are asking them to come forward.

A man and his friends got into an altercation with the suspects. Two of the suspects pulled out firearms that were hidden under their shirts. Officials said maybe six or more people were possibly targeting the victims based on their ethnicity. One of the victims was pushed to the ground by a suspect.

According to officials the victims tried to follow the suspects, however were not able to find them. The victims then called authorities.

The suspects are being described as black males. One suspect was about 5'11" tall and has a heavy build and was wearing a red hat. Another suspect had dreadlocks. There were seen leaving the scene in an older model Lincoln Continental and a navy blue Toyota Rav4,.

Anyone who witnessed this incident, or was a victim in this case, and have not yet spoken with law enforcement are asked to contact Detective W. Promisel at 703-777-0475.