SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A brutal assault at San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza on Thursday night that may have left a 51-year-old man with traumatic brain injury in being investigated by police as a hate crime.

Police said the assault was reported at about 10 p.m. on New Year’s Day and near the intersection of Hyde and Fulton streets.

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According to police, the suspect, described as a white man in his 30s, yelled a racial slur at a black man in his 50s and then struck him in the head with a pair of gardening shears and a hammer.

Police said the suspect was arrested and the victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with potential traumatic brain injury as a result of the blows to his head and lacerations to his ear and eye.

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