By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — Boston police are asking the public for help to find the person who attacked an elderly man with a hammer in Dorchester. The attack happened at about 1:50 p.m. Sunday in the area of Columbia Road and Washington Street.

Responding officers found the man suffering from a leg injury. He told police “he had been approached by an unidentified male suspect who emerged from a stopped motor vehicle and struck him in his shin with a hammer before fleeing the area.” The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated.

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“I saw all the blood and it was just instant, Let me just help because I don’t want this man to hurt more,” said one neighbor who helped the victim.

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“That worries me because at any time someone could just walk up just because they don’t like you or because they see you. They don’t have anything else to do,” said one resident of a nearby building. “Very crazy.”

Police described the suspect as a Black non-Hispanic man, between 40 and 50 years old, about 6 feet to 6 feet, 1 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds.

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An investigation is underway and anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (617) 343-4275. They can also text the word TIP to CRIME (27463).

CBSBoston.com Staff