Five injured following wild brawl at Café Cocomo 

Five Good Samaritans suffered lacerations following a wild brawl during a fundraising event at a Dogpatch-area nightclub Sunday, according to police and city officials.

The brawl at Café Cocomo began as an argument between two women but turned bloody after a group of vicious females attacked people who tried to keep the peace at around 7:45 p.m., police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said Monday.

A 55-year-old man who reportedly held the fundraiser was knocked to the ground and suffered a laceration to his arm after attempting to break up the fight at the popular nightclub, Dangerfield said.

Four other victims trying to stop the fight also suffered cuts, some to their foreheads. One victim was cut on the lip after the suspects, described only as females, launched the attack, police said.

The injuries to all victims, who ranged in age from 25 to 55, were minor, Dangerfield said. The 55-year-old man was treated at San Francisco General Hospital.

Witnesses offered vague descriptions of the suspects, who fled after the attack. There may have been as many as seven attackers, witnesses told cops.

The victims did not know if knives or other weapons were involved, he said. A witness claimed the suspects cut the victims with smashed bottles.

The club’s owner told an official with The City’s Entertainment Commission that bottles were not involved. The 55-year-old man may have been cut by an object as he was knocked to the floor, said Jocelyn Kane, the commission’s executive director.

There were no arrests as of Monday. The owner said that surveillance video captured of the fight was being passed to police, Kane said.

The nightclub, located at 650 Indiana St., has seen violence in the past. The club, which offers the space for private events, drew media attention in October after a man was shot and critically injured inside the establishment.

The incident was one of several examples of nightclub violence in The City that spawned calls from city officials for more rigid security measures.

In 2005, six people were hit by gunfire from a .40-caliber handgun outside the club.

Though the Entertainment Commission is investigating the latest brawl at Café Cocomo, Kane said she cautions about blaming nightclubs every time a fight breaks out. In most incidents, it is solely the patrons, not the clubs, to blame, she said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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