- ‘I Am Alive’ app gains popularity in terror-ravaged Lebanon
- Gun giveaways gain popularity among Republican candidates
- S.C. hospital worker slapped with $525 federal fine for refilling $0.89 soda
- Teen from ‘Jihad Jane’ plot becomes youngest ever to serve time on U.S. terror charges
- Iranian woman forgives son’s killer at the gallows
- Nebraska principal sorry for ‘don’t tattle’ flier
- Illinois readies to spend $100M for Obama museum in Chicago
- John Edwards back in court — this time as a lawyer for Va. boy’s malpractice case
- Covered California reports more than 200K in overtime Obamacare sign-ups
- Thanks, Chuck: Hagel says U.S. sending Ukraine sleeping mats, helmets
D.C. political strategist hurt in beating outside 7-Eleven
A well-known D.C. political strategist is recovering from an assault that occurred outside a Northeast 7-Eleven after someone stole his cellphone.
David Mercer, 51, suffered a severe cut to the back of his head during a dispute Thursday night with up to three men, according to a report by the Metropolitan Police Department. One of the men took his cellphone from the store counter after he set it down to buy something and the assault occurred outside the store during an argument between Mr. Mercer and the men.
Mr. Mercer is a former deputy national finance director for the Democratic National Committee and a political strategist who has worked on a number of political and presidential campaigns, according to online biographies.
One witness of the aftermath of the assault, which happened around 10 p.m. Thursday at 8th Street and Maryland Avenue, said Mr. Mercer was unable to talk coherently or even stand up as a result of his injuries.
“There was quite a bit of blood on the ground,” said neighborhood resident Dave Stroup, who came across the scene while walking to the 7-Eleven that night. “He was trying to talk but it wasn’t making sense.”
Attackers used their hands and feet rather than a weapon, according to a police report.
MPD Cmdr. George Kucik said the assault is still being investigated and as of Tuesday no arrests had been made. Investigators have obtained surveillance footage from the 7-Eleven store and “we believe we’ve identified everybody involved,” Cmdr. Kucik said.
On Tuesday afternoon, nearby residents passing the 7-Eleven store were surprised to hear of the violent attack.
“I was surprised when the store got robbed,” said Tyrone Williams of a prior incident he said took place about a month ago. “That’s the first time I heard about a fight, though.”
Mr. Stroup said loiterers typically gather outside the store in the evenings but he’s never felt afraid to go there.
“It’s one of the few places open if you need to grab something late,” he said. “I felt comfortable going there at 10 o’clock at night, but I might re-evaluate that.”
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at email@example.com.
- D.C. Council sues Mayor Gray over budget autonomy law
- Guilty verdict in execution-style killings of 2 women, 2 children in Lanham
- Minority parties see power grab for D.C. vote
- Two bodies found under bridge near Southeast D.C. highway
- Wal-Mart forced to apologize for 'mistake' favoring English-speaking shoppers
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
By Joy Overbeck
- Joe Biden's first Instagram pic mocked as shill for sunglass ad
- Obama taunts GOP, takes nationally televised victory lap on Obamacare
- Jews being told to register in Ukraine: John Kerry
- Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch wrecked by retreating feds
- BOLTON: A 'three-state solution' for Middle East peace
- Rand and Ron Paul ride to the rescue for Bundy in Nevada standoff with feds
- 'Culture of intimidation' seen in Nevada ranch standoff
- Atheists rush to stage Easter display: 'Jesus Christ is a myth'
- IRS emails reveal discussion with Justice about suing nonprofits for election activities
- Army goes to war with National Guard, seizes Apache attack helicopters
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.