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Lockport police investigating overnight shovel assault

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Posted at 10:05 AM, Mar 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-15 10:39:18-04

Lockport police are trying to figure out why a man hit one of his neighbors over the head with a shovel.

According to a police report, obtained by 7 Eyewitness News, Nicholas Hawthorne told police he was hit twice, "by a guy across the street."

Police say that neighbor is Rashar Payne, who lives across the street from Hawthorne.

Payne told police, according to the report, Hawthorne was yelling racial remarks and sent his dog to attack him.  Payne admitted he hit Hawthorne twice.

Police say this was reported about 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, on Pound Street.  When they arrived, they say they found Hawthorne standing on his porch with blood coming from his head.  

Police say Hawthorne appeared to be drunk.

He was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital for treatment.

After taking statements from eyewitnesses, they spoke to Hawthorne at the hospital.  He told officers about the racial remarks he made and insisted the fight was mutual.  

Hawthorne had a large cut on the front of his head and a cut in the back of his head.  He needed 13 staples to close the wounds.

No arrests were made, although police noted in the report they "read Miranda to Hawthorne" at 12:33 a.m.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.