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VIDEO: Rikers Island guard attack

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(NBC Newschannel) A guard at New York's Rikers Island was ambushed Saturday by a group of inmates who beat him until he fractured his spine.

This security video shows the guard being punched by an inmate before being ambushed by a group of others.  Other guards quickly move in trying to stop the attack, some using pepper spray.

The 39-year old correctional officer was left with a fractured spine and bleeding in his brain. He's currently at a New York area hospital.

Officials believe the attack was pre-meditated and done by members of a gang.  An investigation is underway.

*Video provided by the New York Corrections Department 

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