Bystanders, panhandler watch grandmother get beaten outside gas station


MILWAUKEE (WDJT/CNN) – A Milwaukee grandmother went into a gas station to buy lottery tickets and ends up being beaten by teens outside. Police say they’re looking for the people who beat up a 50-year-old woman and tried to steal her car.

But as you’ll see from a video, she didn’t go down easily. Sharon McKinnie walks out of the Citgo, her lottery tickets and a Pepsi in hand. Suddenly a woman runs across the parking lot, and attacks her from behind.

“She pulled my hair. They beat me to get my keys,” McKinnie said. She says two boys about the same age as her own grandson punched, stomped and kicked her. As they did so, a girl took her keys and tried to take her car.

“I have a broken shoulder. I have a broken wrist, a broken elbow, and I have bruises all over me,” McKinnie said.

They didn’t get the car because McKinnie fought back. “She actually broke the handle off of the car and they took off running with my keys,” McKinnie said. They took her keys and lottery tickets.

“If I would have let them get my car then that’s when I would actually have been worried. Simple fact is they would have known my address and have the keys to my house,” she said. “These kids need to get somewhere and sit down, find something else to do besides stealing cars and robbing people.”

McKinnie says besides the fact that these were teenagers beating an older woman, the worst part is several people watched the whole thing and didn’t help. And a panhandler even drank the Pepsi she dropped during the fight, and told her he would have helped her, on one condition.

“He gone tell me if I would have given him some change he probably would have helped. You know, really though? It’s a cruel world out here,” McKinnie said.

McKinnie say she’s going to see a doctor about her injuries later this week. Meanwhile, police are asking anyone who knows anyone involved in the attack to contact them.

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