Witness: Why I didn't interfere with the liquor store beating

Witness: Why I didn't interfere with the liquor store beating

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A witness to the deadly beating inside a Detroit liquor store spoke up about why he didn't interfere. Surveillance footage captured the attack while several onlookers appeared to stand by.

Edwin Johnson says he has been friends with the victim, Carl Bell, for decades. He says he was inside the liquor store at the time of the incident and says he didn't step in because he was "not as strong" as the attackers. Johnson adds that he is 52 years old.

But Johnson also says he wasn't alone, and no one else inside the liquor store intervened either.

Another friend of Bell's, who did not witness the beating, says the lack of action from those in the store doesn't surprise him.

"That's just the way it is around here, you know? It's bad around here," Keith Lloyd tells FOX 2's Randy Wimbley.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to watch the report from Randy Wimbley

The Detroit Police Department confirms it did receive one 911 call about the attack. The call came in 7:26 p.m. Sunday and a unit was dispatched at 7:35 p.m. Police arrived at Happy Food Liquor Store on Eight Mile Road and Hubbell Street 12 minutes later for the initial 'assault and battery in progress' call, which is a priority-two run.

According to police, a dispute sparked the violence that night.

A 39-year-old father and his 15-year-old son have been arrested.

Prosecutors are reviewing warrants for charges.

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