Charleston police investigating Tent City stabbing that sent two to hospital

Charleston police are investigating a reported stabbing that took place early Tuesday in tent city.

Charleston police are investigating an early Tuesday stabbing that was reported to have taken place in the homeless campsite known as Tent City.

Officers responded just after 3 a.m. to an apartment on Oswego Street in reference to a man who had been stabbed. When they arrived, police found a 50-year-old man who appeared to be bleeding from stab wounds on his left arm and leg, according to an incident report.

The man was unable to communicate with officers, but a witness told them that he had been across the street when the man drove his vehicle into the driveway of an apartment, got out and began yelling that he was stabbed, the report states. The witness ran to him and began applying pressure to his stab wounds with paper towels.

The man told the witness that he had come from Tent City, according to the report. Officers found a possible second victim of the same incident, and both men were taken to Medical University Hospital for treatment.

There is no information in the report about the second man, other than his age, 56, and an address listed on Poinsett Street. Police have not made any arrests and are still investigating.

There are about 100 tents in the homeless encampment and city leaders said last week that they can’t remain there indefinitely. They currently are looking for another place, such as a vacant government building, where people could stay until they find permanent housing.

There have been more complaints from people near tent city about livability than crimes reported out of the encampment, according to Charleston police Lt. Charles Hawkins.

One simple assault charge was filed recently after two residents had a fight. One person was found dead inside his tent Jan. 8, but authorities have ruled out foul play, Hawkins said.

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