A Thursday morning assault at Cowboys 2000 -- a nightclub on Kearney Street, near U.S. 65 -- sent one man to the hospital, and left police scrambling to find the men who handed out the smackdown. (Note: Graf amended to correct time of assault.)
Police spokesman Matt Brown sent this e-mail to media on Thursday:
Reference the assault at Cowboys 2000 last night, detectives are continuing the investigation today. Currently, no arrests have been made but we are following up on several leads provided to us during the course of the investigation. According to witnesses, a group of black males (possibly 8-10) attacked a white male on the parking lot. Officers were told by the witnesses that a vehicle intentionally ran over the victim and then drove away.
I have been asked several times if we believe this to be a racially motivated crime. At this point, we have not ruled out that possibility, but have not been able to confirm the reason for the assault, and will not know until we have 1 or more of the suspects in custody.
The victim is in a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Because of HIPPA regulations, I do not have a current status update on him.