by: Aaron Diamant Updated:
ATLANTA - A man is recovering from surgery after police found him badly beaten at a local playground.
Atlanta police first went to Emma Millican Park around 8:30 a.m. Friday to check out a report of a person who was sick, but quickly found a man lying by that playground with major head injuries.
One neighbor, Laurel Rummel, spoke to Channel 2's Aaron Diamant just hours after police found the injured man.
"I really hope it's not a young kid," said Rummel.
Police say they still cannot confirm the man's age or name. Investigators at the park told Diamant the male had serious trauma to the back of his head and was taken to Grady Hospital in critical condition.
Rummel says the beating is a big blow to the neighborhood.
"We've been here 15 years, you know, and we have wonderful neighbors. Literally we are like family. We all watch out for each other," said Rummel.
Neighbors say the city recently expanded the park, and another neighbor, Fletcher Mitchell, expressed his feelings on the park.
"I ain't never seen no fights or nothing down there. It's been a cool neighborhood," said Mitchell.
Now, Rummel has started worrying after word of Friday's beating started to spread.
"With it being heavily wooded up in there, you know, is that going to make us a target?" asked Rummel.
It's been confirmed that the victim had surgery at Grady Hospital earlier on Friday and he's listed as critical but stable condition.
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