By CBSLA Staff

TORRANCE (CBSLA) — Authorities are investigating Thursday after two hate crime suspects allegedly assaulted a vehicle with a gardening tool in Torrance, yelled “white lives matter,” and performed a Nazi salute.

The suspects got back into their vehicle briefly before the male suspect exited and used a gardening tool to allegedly hit the victims’ car, according to the video and Martinez.

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A video of the incident that circulated on social media shows the two suspects were outside of their white pickup at a stoplight near Artesia Boulevard and Prairie Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Sgt. Alexander Martinez.

The female suspect said to the victims, who recorded the encounter from inside their car, “White lives matter (expletive)” and “only white lives matter (expletive).”

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The suspects got back into their vehicle briefly before the male suspect exited and used a gardening tool to allegedly hit the victims’ car, according to the video and Martinez.

Martinez said that one of the victims filed a police report Thursday morning and the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

The race of the victims was not immediately confirmed, Martinez said.

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