Marine Injured in Bar Fight

The victim had just performed at the club when he got into an altercation with the next group of performers

By R. Stickney and Megan Tevrizian
|  Thursday, May 24, 2012  |  Updated 1:19 PM PDT
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Marine Injured in Bar Fight

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A San Diego-based Marine was hospitalized in a medically-induced coma after a nightclub fight.

The unidentified 21-year-old man was involved in a fight in front of Riley's Music Lounge in the 2900-block of Nimitz Boulevard sometime after midnight.

The victim was taken to Naval Medical Center San Diego by his friends, since he is an active duty Marine.

He was temporarily put into a medically-induced coma at the hospital, and is currently sedated.

Police said the victim is in critical, but stable condition.

The victim had attended "Open Rap Night" at the club. Following his performance, he got into an altercation with the next group of performers. One of the second group members sucker-punched the victim, then the fight escalated.

At one point, the victim was slammed down onto the floor. By the time police got there, the victim and the suspects were gone.

At 1:30 a.m. the victim showed up at the Naval Medical Center and police were able to figure out what happened to him. He underwent a CAT scan and doctors are monitoring his condition for brain hemorrhage.

The employee said there are surveillance cameras in the area but it’s unknown if the cameras captured the fight or the aftermath. Police said the bar staff was very uncooperative with them, saying they hadn't seen anything that had happened.

San Diego police are currently looking for three suspects who are believed to be involved. The three men are described as aged between 35 and 45 years old. One was wearing a black hoodie, another man with a missing tooth wore a red and white paid shirt and another suspect wore a short-sleeved argyle-patterned shirt.

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