From a friend to me, on Facebook:
“I have 2 stories for you tonight. one. A man got beat up last night at Urban Ministries by three kids who live down in Saint James.(he didnt know what hit him or who did it cause he was intoxicated.) The second thing that happened happened three and a half hours later. A guy got stabbed over an altercation at about 11:15pm last night-At Urban Ministries. More details in my status. i was there when both things happened. i know all parties involved in both altercations.”
On her wall, she wrote:
“I was there catching the bus-there was also another person involved a mexican man who resides at urban ministries-There was another person involved, whose identidy shall remain undisclosed-
Lately i have been in the most oddest places, at the most dumbest times-i hate to see ppl fight over territory, and i hate to see blood,or ppl fighting…”
Re: “A man got beat up…”
The incident report lists the victim of the first assault as a homeless, white male, aged 50: “Assault, Simple Physical,” “Minor Injuries – Apparent.” Drug/alcohol use for the victim is checked “yes.” The location is the parking lot area of 305 W. Lee Street, the location of the Greensboro Urban Ministry homeless shelter. The incident was reported at 9:00 p.m. on Monday night. The status is “Active/open.” According to GPD Watch Operations, EMS responded, but the report doesn’t indicate that the victim was transported to the hospital.
Re: “A guy got stabbed…”
No report on P2C yet. From GPD, Watch Operations: Victim had superficial injury and refused treatment. Victim was uncooperative with officers and provided no information. No arrest made at the time of police response. The location was 305 W. Lee Street. It’s unclear from the police report whether the incident occurred inside the shelter or in the parking lot. From my friend’s report, sounds like this was actually out on the sidewalk.
It’s not unusual for homeless people to medical refuse treatment or to not want to talk to police. It’s a different world. But most of the time, when someone gets hurt, it doesn’t take long for everybody to find out what happened, although the story may mutate a bit depending upon how far it gets from the source. Word travels fast on the street. Actually, we count on that when we’re doing an impromptu meal or other event. Tell a couple of people on the block and a couple of people at the library and you get a crowd pretty quickly.