Dad’s Group Lures Man To Store For Beat-Down
Officials said the group pummeled the man, took his gun, and left the Target in a car with a possible Ohio license plate.
“Our team immediately evacuated the store and the Winston-Salem Police Department quickly responded,” Target spokesperson Brian Harper-Tibaldo wrote in an emailed statement to McClatchy News at the time of the incident. “The store has since reopened and we’re assisting law enforcement with their investigation.”
Officers did not provide additional details about the group but said three people connected to it “‘lured’ the victim to the Target.” They’re accused of using the Meetup app, to arrange the encounter.
“Once the victim arrived inside the Target the three males approached the victim and confronted him as to why he was at the Target,” police wrote. “At least one of the… males was recording this interaction with their cellular phone when the victim slapped the phone from one of the males which resulted in a physical altercation.”
During the subsequent fight, police said the man who had been lured to the store was hit in the head over and over again. At one point, he reportedly fired a single shot to try to stop the assault.
The 25-year-old gunman later went to a hospital with minor injuries.
The following day, one of the accused attackers was treated at an Ohio medical center after he said he was shot in the leg. Officials said they also found the gun that had been taken during the Target incident.