WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — A shopper offering to pay for the food a homeless man was attempting to steal was attacked with a hatchet at a West Hollywood 7-Eleven.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/2eL1FuF ) the transient man became upset and refused the shopper’s offer on Saturday morning.

Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department say a brief struggle ensued, and the man pulled out a small double-edged hatchet concealed in his clothing to strike the shopper.

The victim was hit several times on the head crushing part of his skull, and his hand was severely cut. The victim was hospitalized but is reported to be in stable condition.

Police were continuing to search for the attacker who fled the scene, but they know his identity.

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.