BOSTON (CBS) – Boston police are looking for four people wanted in connection with a violent assault in the South End.

Early Saturday morning, police responded to a call for a person screaming for help. They found 22-year-old Chris Smith, semi-conscious, on the ground near Harrison Avenue and Fay Street. He was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Chris Smith says he was the victim of a vicious attack in the South End (WBZ-TV)

Smith considers himself lucky to be alive. He’s also praising the strangers who helped him and called police.

He is now out of the ICU and recovering at home on the South Shore. “I hit my head off the pavement and I woke up in the ICU the next day,” Smith told WBZ.

He underwent emergency brain surgery Saturday following the attack. “I’m incredibly grateful to be alive, it is an absolute miracle,” Smith said.

Boston Police are now looking for four people in connection to the assault.

“They left him for dead, they didn’t even look behind them, they left him for dead,” said Chris’ mother Debbie Smith.

On Wednesday, Boston Police released surveillance images of two men and two women described as “people of interest.”

Boston Police are looking to speak with these four people in connection with an assault in the South End. (Photo credit: Boston Police Department)

Smith says the man in the scally cap accused him and his friend of making fun of his girlfriend while they were at a bar. So they left and got food next door. He says the group followed them and started hitting them until they left the restaurant.

“So we walk around the corner to get an Uber home and then they came up behind me and hit me in the back of the head,” Smith said.

Smith is thankful for the medical staff that saved his life. He and his mom are now hoping someone will help BPD identify the people in surveillance photos. “They deserve whatever they get and I hope they get punished severely,” Debbie Smith said.

Smith says he has constant headaches and ringing in his ears. He is looking forward to his 23rd birthday in a few weeks and getting back to work as an electrician.

Anyone who has information is asked to call (617) 343-9529. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous should call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

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