ABC to Determine Fate of McFadden’s

The police report describes a brutal fight that occurred around 12:30am Saturday morning within a group of people who were celebrating a birthday.

During the fight, a man yielding a knife began to stab several people. A 23-year-old was stabbed in the back; a 27-year-old was stabbed in the upper back; a 20-year-old was stabbed three times in the lower body; a 25-year-old was stabbed three times; and a 23-year-old was stabbed in the chest and back. Police said the knife wound punctured his kidney, and that he also had cuts on his left arm.

One bartender jumped over the bar in an attempt to break it up. Still, McFadden’s which only had three security guards on duty was not able to detain the suspect — a black man of medium height, wearing a trench coat, plaid shirt and black or blue jeans.

When police arrived, the scene was so chaotic that it took several police officers to bring it under control.  One police officer was hit on the head and went to a hospital for treatment. Another patron “repeatedly attempted to strike a uniformed officer with a closed fist” before being subdued, the District’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said.

In her closure letter, Chief Lanier mentioned that the staff was uncooperative with police and declined to immediately answer questions. She said the bar was overcrowded and that one of the victims was underage.

The ABC Board will conduct its own investigation and will decide whether to continue the closure beyond Wednesday. If so, the restaurant owner will be allowed to appeal at a public hearing.

The club which had been planning for a huge New Year’s Eve event has cancelled it.  In addition, this Saturday’s Carolina Panthers and Florida Gators game watching event have been moved to Sign of the Whale.