LOWELL — A T-shirt balled up and soaked in blood sat on the pavement surrounded by police tape near Central Street on Sunday night while children played in a bouncy house several feet away.
The blood was left behind following a fight that broke out during the Saint Anthony Church Feast festivities, a family event on the parish grounds that was set to wrap up Sunday night after taking place all weekend.
A report of the fight came over the Lowell Police Department police-radio broadcast around 8:10 p.m. with an announcement shortly after that a man was “bleeding profusely from the back of the head” and was unconscious.
Lowell police Lt. Jack Cullen said that the violence involved two men who became engaged in a fist fight for an unknown reason.
“They knew each other and there was some ongoing issue,” Cullen said.
During the altercation, one of the men was knocked down and his head hit the pavement. A few minutes after striking the ground, the man regained consciousness, according to witness Emily Nicole. She added that the man who knocked him down left the scene, heading southwest on Central Street.
According to Cullen, there were no arrests as of approximately 10 p.m. Sunday and nobody was in custody. However, police do have a suspect, he said.