Police are appealing to witnesses following an assault in Shelley Road, Worthing, on Friday afternoon (October 5).
Police were called at around 4.45pm by concerned members of the public reporting a man had been assaulted by a group of three men.
The suspects are believed to have used a hammer to strike the victim before leaving the scene on foot.
The victim, an 18-year-old man from Kent, was taken to Worthing Hospital suffering from cuts to his face and legs. The injuries were superficial and the victim was later discharged.
The suspects are described as black, in their 20s and wearing dark hooded tops and tracksuit bottoms.
Detective Sergeant Colin O’Hare of West Sussex CID said: “We are keeping an open mind regarding the motive for this incident. We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about who was involved and hasn’t yet spoken to police to get in contact.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1230 of 5/10 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.