Jul 20, 2014 3:28 PM by Charlene Cheng
An initial police call regarding two people who had been possibly struck by a vehicle turned out to be a four-person fight.
Redding police officers responded to the intersection of Elmwood and Veda Streets at approximately 1:18 a.m. on Sunday, July 20, where they located two injured male subjects.
The subjects, identified as 29-year-old John Raymond Fritz, and 48-year-old Alexander Schmies, were transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of head injuries.
An investigation revealed that Fritz and Schmies had been involved in a four-minute long physical altercation with 22-year-old Richard James Hiers and 19-year-old Nathan Robert Byers.
Hiers said Schmies struck him in the head with a large metal object during the fight, causing a laceration to the left side of his head.
Ultimately, Fritz and Schmies were rendered unconcious, and Byers and Hiers ran to a nearby residence and asked a friend to call 911.
Hiers and Byers were interviewed by police and released.
Schmies is in critical condition at Mercy Medical Center; Fritz is currently in stable condition.
The case will be forwarded to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office.
Officials say that alcohol was a factor in the incident.
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