Thursday, January 03, 2019

Followup FL: Man who Punched Armed Neighbor, is Shot, no Charges

A fistfight between neighboring businesses leads to Charles Cook III punching a man, who in turn shot him. But no arrests were made.

On an afternoon in October, as he lay outside his father’s Boynton Beach towing company gasping for air, Charles Cook III told his family he was going to die.

“They were like ‘no you’ll be OK, you were just shot in the arm’ but I could feel it in my chest,” he said. “I kept saying ‘I can’t breathe’ and then it all went black.”

Moments earlier, Cook III, his father and at least two other employees of Big City Towing had been in a bare-knuckled brawl with workers from a nearby tool company — the results of boiled-over tensions about the use of an alley that separates the two businesses in an industrial area along Railroad Avenue.

In the melee, Cook III punched the other business owner, David Taylor, who was holding a gun. Taylor shot him.
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