He was riding his bike near a Gulfport grocery store when he fell from cut wounds, officials say

Sun Herald file

Police and rescue teams responded to a report of a stabbing outside a North Gulfport grocery store Tuesday morning, but found a man had been cut multiple times, police said.

Callers asked police for help about 9:19 a.m., saying the man fell off his bicycle after he had been stabbed multiple times, including a stab wound to his chest.

Police found the man lying on the ground by a bicycle outside and across the street from Martin’s Grocery in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The store is between Indiana and West Railroad avenues.

The man was taken to a hospital for treatment. His wounds did not appear to be life-threatening, Police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said.

Unless the hospital finds deep wounds, the crime will stand as a simple assault, not the felony charge of aggravated assault, Fulks said.

Who did it and why remains unclear. The man declined to answer questions from police, Fulks said.

To give a tip, call the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959, or give an anonymous tip by calling Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews