There have been no arrests and no charges filed yet in the assault on Democratic Party strategist David Mercer. He remains hospitalized after the attack last Thursday at the 7-Eleven on 8th and Maryland Avenue in Northeast D.C.
Police say they have interviewed three "persons of interest" in surveillance video taken in the convenience store that night. But they say they are still trying to sort out exactly what happened.
Michael Williams, who hangs out around the store, tells FOX 5 he called 911 that night. He says three young men were involved and he overheard one of them say he was "gonna knock him out" when he came out of the store. Williams says when Mercer came out, the man walked up to him, decked him and Mercer hit the ground.
A police incident report indicates Mercer was unconscious when police arrived, with lacerations to the back of his head and the top of his lip. Police have said there was a dispute of some kind that turned physical. They won't comment on reports that the dispute was over a stolen cell phone.
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