Fight outside Goat Hill leaves 4 injured

Police are looking for two men who started a fight outside Goat Hill Tavern that required four people to seek medical treatment, two of them for stab wounds, authorities said Monday.

Costa Mesa police responded to reports of gunshots fired in the Costa Mesa bar's parking lot at 1830 Newport Blvd. about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release.

Witnesses confirmed that no firearm was used but said one of the suspects broke a bottle to use in the scuffle, police said.

A group of family and friends were celebrating in the bar Saturday night and into Sunday morning. After exiting to the rear parking lot just before closing time, the group was approached by two men who instigated a verbal argument, which quickly escalated into a fist fight, the news release said.

One of the men broke a bottle and stabbed a 24-year-old woman in the left thigh. The other hit a 22-year-old man over the head with an unknown object, the release added.

One of the men struck a 21-year-old member of the group over the head with a crowbar and stabbed another 21-year-old man in the chest and elbow.

The suspects were described as Latinos in their 20s. They fled in a gray Ford Mustang, according to police.

Two of the victims were treated at nearby Hoag Hospital and the other two at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. All four received stitches and were released.

Police believe alcohol consumed by both parties played a part in the events leading up to the assault.

Anyone with information about the fight is asked to call Costa Mesa detectives at (714) 754-5205.

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