By Mark E. Vogler
---- — METHUEN — Three teens were beaten and left in "serious condition" outside McDonald's restaurant on Route 110 early this morning.
Police Chief Joseph Solomon said the three teen victims were attacked by a group of four to six people armed with a metal pipe he described as a "two-by-four." The chief said one victim had a serious head laceration, another had a puncture wound to the chest, and the third had a puncture wound to the bicep. One of those victims was reportedly unconscious at the scene.
Solomon said four of the alleged attackers were being "detained for witness identification" at a Haffner's gas station up the street.
At least of two of the victims made it inside the restaurant. Lt. Kevin Martin described the scene as a "mess inside."
A crime scene was quickly established with police tape cordoning off the entire restaurant. An ambulance was brought in from Andover to help transport the victims.
Bob Doherty, 52, 167 Lowell St., walked into restaurant shortly after the incident and just after police arrived. He said he saw two of the victims, both men. He said one had a wound to the chest but was sitting up in a booth with an officer tending to him. The other victim he saw was on the floor and covered in blood.
Doherty said the two men appeared to be customers, not employees.
The McDonald's is located in Merrimack Plaza on Haverhill Street.