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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Man left in critical condition after Echo Park brawl

One man was in stable but critical condition this morning after being stabbed several times during a Thursday night brawl in Echo Park near Sunset Boulevard and Portia Street. Another man was also injured in the fight that involved a total of four men who had patronized a nearby bar or restaurant, said Lt. John Cook with the LAPD Northeast Division.  The stabbing took place shortly before midnight outside of the establishment, Cook said.  He did not have the name of the bar or restaurant. The other suspects involved in the fight remain at large as detectives begin their investigation, he said.



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12 comments

  1. The stabbing or ‘brawl’ took place at Little Joy. There were pools of blood outside the door. The taco trucks and hot dog vendors, a la Auden’s poem, turned and went about their business just beyond the boundary of the police tape. I’m sure this violence will be credited to some dreaded sociological combination of “hipsters” and “gang-bangers,” but I have rarely seen any comment here on the hordes of bridge and tunnel people who treat echo park like some tijuana-like destination, some thug and chug playground. But then again, we wish no harm to the profiteering of such hip, cool places as the short stop and little joy. Keeping it real and authentic right?

  2. that’s a whole lot of speculation StH.
    it seems that lots of people go there who somehow manage not to stab each other no matter where they live.

  3. Have lived in the immediate area for 5 years. At LEAST once a year there is a shooting or stabbing directly in front of Little Joy. It’s just the way it is, unfortunately, random violence will always be a problem in this neighborhood.
    Cops had most of Portia cordoned off till at least 3 in the morning.

  4. The stabbing happened right in front of the entrance to Little Joy. There were strikingly large pools of blood just outside the door. I walked by soon after the incident as cops were taping off the perimeter. Just another night in Echo Park? I hope not. Having downed a few at Little Joy in the past, I feel the “hipster” vs. “thug” clash is played up in people minds and attitudes as a convenient way of pigeonholing differences among patrons. I’ve walked out of there a couple times when I sensed the atmosphere was less than convivial (it happens). I don’t, however, look for confrontation or feel the need to bait anyone that bumps me trying to get to the bathroom or while reaching for a drink. I’ve seen this type of thing go down far too many times at any number of joints, which too often results in unnecessary violence. I’ve had some great times at the Little Joy hanging with a broad range of people. In fact, the diversity of a place with no pretense is what makes Little Joy a cool dive bar that should appeal to those of us who want to chat with our neighbors while enjoying a few cheapo bevies on the side. I do feel that people who converge here to party in Echo Park (mostly on the weekends) don’t always respect the staff of given establishments or give much consideration to the fact that they’re not playing in their own private Hollywood or raging at a invite-only house party. This can be frustrating to experience/witness on many levels, especially when it’s your neighborhood they’re spitting on. A little push back should be expected, but a knifing is brutal (and so 1976). In light of the recent gun violence, we should be thankful nothing worse went down. Who’s going to party at Little Joy tonight? I’m sure the place will be packed.

  5. YEP! PLACE WILL BE FULL TO CAPASITY. THATS WHY I DON’T GO TO BARRIGAN’S ANY MORE. THEY LET THE DRUNKS GET DRUNKER CAUSE THEY TIP SO GOOD THAT WAS SAID TO ME BY THERE WAITRESS MARGARITA THE SHORT CHANGE OPERATOR PLEASE ALWAYS READ YOUR BILL AND DON’T BE SURPRIZED THEY OVER CHARGED YOU….

  6. it really does suck when you see stuff like this go down in your own neighborhood. But hey, this happens EVERYWHERE. yes, in eagle rock and atwater too. i do have to admit, that was a whoooole lot of blood last night.
    just Never walk alone after dark people. raised here in echo park all my life and i love it. Happy Toms in its 23 yrs of being here has never been robbed. Unfortunately Rodeo has(gun point) one time. the person ended up freaking out and jetting out the door screaming he was sorry. but that was 9 years ago. Times change people.

  7. It’s been a bloody year for this section of EP. Six major incidents in a little over six months on or directly off Sunset btwn Alvarado & Marion.
    * Sunset Pot shop homicide
    * Echo Mongols/Hells Angels shooting
    * Stabbing/suspect fleeing into Angeleno Heights
    * Drive-by shooting at Sunset & Marion
    * Shooting on Innes St.
    * Little Joy stabbing

    I’m sure I’ve missed a few as well.

  8. Usually the eastside bar spots are pretty “tough guy” free. Besides the random street situations that could occur any time that is. I blame it on the alcohol and an idiot.

    Hollywood hotspot Kress recently had two shootings…inside the place! And having lived in Venice for 13 years before coming home to the east, I think there are TEN times more drunk guys looking to fight out west. This sucks, but in my opinion it’s way safer then other parts of town.

  9. I think the guy with the knife won…

  10. Echo park is a terrible they need to close that bar its a haven for dope fiends and drug deals!

  11. Ever since all these hipsters moved in this community has gone wild. Im sure they had something to do with this.

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