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DECATUR — A fight outside a Decatur homeless shelter resulted in one man being struck in the face with a hammer, according to police.

Sgt. Josh Sheets said witness reports of the 4:20 p.m. Friday incident outside the Oasis Day Center, 243 W. Cerro Gordo St., varied.

Bystanders saw the bloodied man being repeatedly punched, but another saw him hit by a man wielding a hammer, Sheets said.

“And officers did find a hammer on scene,” Sheets said. “The man who was hit suffered a 1-inch gash in his right upper lip, actually separating part of his lip, but he refused medical treatment.”

Sheets described the man as highly intoxicated, and he was seen shoving the assailant forcefully before being attacked himself. Police were seeking the assailant who left in a pickup truck, Sheets said.


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