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3 assaulted in Greenville parking lot, police say

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Police say three people were assaulted early Sunday morning in a parking lot in Greenville.

The Greenville Police Department said the incident happened in the parking lot on Richardson Street.

According to the incident report, witnesses told police that two women attacked one of the victims on the second floor before following her to the fourth floor of the garage.

Witnesses told police that three men, who were in the same group as the women, attacked another person.

Once police arrived on the scene, they located the third victim who said he was punched in the face, according to the incident report.

Recent attacks are leaving people who use the garage a lot on edge.

“It’s actually quite concerning because this is a very commonly used parking lot where, you know, people are taking advantage of this free parking,” Jamal Session said.

“It’s very scary and as someone who uses it often, this is the first I’ve heard of something like this. So I think I’ll definitely be on my guard,” said Bailey Verault.

Verrault said she constantly uses the Richardson Street garage.

” Several times a week. Nights, weekends, mornings,” she said.

She said she would continue to use it, but she would be on high alert.

“Yeah, I’m still going to keep going, but I think I just have that on my mind from now on,” Verrault said.

Savanna Neeley said she uses the garage several times a month, but she makes it a point never to go there alone.

“I make sure that if I go, if I’m alone, I’m right at the entrance, but if not, I always make sure I have someone. I don’t like going alone,” Neeley said.

She said that whenever she was in a parking lot, she always looked around.

“Oh, you think of everything. You’re like checking your back, looking at your purse. You just make sure you can get into your car and lock it as soon as you get there,” she said.

Even with the attacks, people 7NEWS spoke to said it was still a convenient place to park.

“I mean, it’s free on the weekends and stuff and I still feel like I can get a spot here. And it’s really close and central to everything, but I would really like to be with someone,” Neeley said.

“I think we’ll continue to use it, but just with a little more awareness of our surroundings and just trying to be vigilant about when we stay outside,” Session said.

Police have not released information about the suspects. They said they were still taking statements from victims and witnesses.

7NEWS will update this story when more information becomes available.

Deena S. Hawkins

The author Deena S. Hawkins