COTTAGE GROVE — A homeless man was hit in the face with a hatchet in Cottage Grove on Tuesday, according to witnesses at the scene.
Cottage Grove police were dispatched to the Walmart parking lot off Row River Road around 6 p.m.
A police official confirmed that there was an active investigation related to the assault.
Cody Bradshaw, whose age and hometown were unavailable, was transported to PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center after the attack.
He was in fair but stable condition Tuesday night, hospital spokesman Jeremy Rush said.
Jason Bowman said Tuesday that he was in the Walmart parking lot at the time of the attack and came across Bradshaw immediately afterward, lying on the ground with his eye swollen and half of his face sunken in, with a hatchet on the ground next to him.
Bowman said he saw a man, who he took to be the assailant, running in the opposite direction.
Roseanne Boigt said that she, too, was a witness and that three men initially had attacked Bradshaw.
No arrests had been made as of Tuesday evening.
Both Boigt and Bowman said they knew Bradshaw.
Boigt, who has worked for 10 years at the Walmart store, said she has seen Bradshaw coming in and out of the store since he was a teenager.
“I have never had a more polite kid,” Boigt said. “I’ve watched him struggle out in the cold, and out in the rain, and I’ve helped him out because that could be me, or that could be my son out there tomorrow.”
Bowman and Boigt said that Bradshaw had a pit bull terrier that was almost always by his side. They said the dog wasn’t there after the attack, and they were unsure of its whereabouts.
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