An alcohol-fueled argument over a drink order ended early Wednesday at a Merced bar when one man was stabbed repeatedly in the parking lot, the Merced Police Department reported.
The victim, a 30-year-old man whose name was withheld for safety reasons, suffered multiple injuries and was taken to an area hospital where he is expected to recover, Sgt. Robert Solis said in a telephone interview.
Police do not believe the incident was gang-related.
Another man, 26, suffered a broken foot during a brawl involving numerous people that spilled out of the La Hacienda bar into its G Street parking lot, police said.
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No arrests have been made and no weapons have been recovered, investigators confirmed.
The large fight erupted inside the bar after the victim refused to pay for several drinks ordered by strangers, police said.
“They (the suspects) tried to get him to pay for a round of drinks, and he said ‘I don’t know you, I’m not buying anything,’ ” Solis said.
Solis said detectives are working to identify the suspect or suspects but it was too early in the investigation to elaborate.