Overnight assault sends one Tent City resident to the hospital - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Overnight assault sends one Tent City resident to the hospital


An overnight assault near Tent City has left a man with life threatening injuries. The incident occurred just after 11p.m., where authorities believe that Eric Hiber, 34, assaulted Ricky King, 48.

"They ended up getting into a fight with each other. The fight ended and they continued walking to Tent City together, then a little later in the evening one of the subjects collapsed. At that point police and EMS were called," Lubbock Police Sgt. Jonathan Stewart said.

Hiber was arrested and King was transported to UMC. Homicide investigators were called out to the scene just as a precaution. 

Tent City is the name of a gathering place of Lubbock's homeless near the convergence of Broadway and Yellow House Canyon. 

"Were dealing with people that unfortunately we cant control their whole lives. We do have basic rules - no alcohol and no drugs are tolerated on the premises. However, what happens outside the gates from our control is really up to the individual and were there to help them but they have to make a choice to help themselves," Executive Administrator of Link Ministries, Les Burrows said.

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