Seventy-two-year-old Earlene Bradshaw was sitting in her lawn chair, snapping beans for a dinner she was having with family and friends. Described as small but tough, Bradshaw was suddenly struck in the face with a board.
The blow, which was meant for her son, knocked Bradshaw backward in her chair, causing her to hit her head against the sidewalk. As of Tuesday evening, Bradshaw was in serious condition and on life-support. She was admitted to University Hospital on Monday night with internal injuries to her head, family members said.
Columbia police responded to the incident about 7 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Garth and Third avenues. The fight involved her son, James Glenn, and a neighbor, Shawan Daniels, along with several members of the community.
Police and witnesses said Daniels intended to strike Glenn with a stick or board, but the weapon slipped out of her hands, striking Bradshaw in the face. Family members called the incident an accident.
Columbia Police Capt. Brad Nelson said intentional or not, the action of swinging the stick constituted assault.
“It’s awfully convenient to say after the fact that you were trying to strike someone else,” Nelson said.
Police arrested four adults and one juvenile, including Daniels, 31; Justin Jones, 17; Lee Boyd, 19; Glenn, 37; and a 14-year-old girl.
Police arrested Daniels on suspicion of first-degree assault. Jones and Boyd were arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and second-degree property damage after they also struck a passenger car with sticks or boards.
Glenn was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon and second-degree assault. The juvenile was also charged with second-degree assault.
Glenn was released on $13,500 bond, and the other three suspects were in the Boone County Jail. Boyd’s bond was set at $5,000 and Jones’ bond was set at $5,200.
As of Tuesday evening, no bond had been set for Daniels.
Witnesses and police said a fight began between Glenn and Daniels at the corner of Ridgeway Drive and Garth Avenue. Nelson said the fight was the result of an ongoing family feud and he did not know what instigated the fight.
“(Glenn and Daniels) were acquaintances of some sort,” Nelson said.
Police and family said the fight continued when Daniels, Boyd and Jones came back with boards or sticks to attack Glenn.
Glenn, who was described by neighbors as battered and bleeding from the fight with Daniels, later returned to the scene and threatened neighbors with a handgun, according to police. He was then arrested for possession of a firearm, second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.
The house, located at the corner of Garth and Third avenues, is a popular place to hang out during the day, family members said. Before the fight, family and neighbors were sitting in the side yard having a good time, nephew Percy Childs said.
“She was just an innocent bystander and they accidentally hit my mother,” daughter Carolyn Dennis said.