Man, 30, in critical condition after stabbing outside sports bar


Published: Monday, April 1, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 1, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man who was stabbed early Monday morning at a southwest Gainesville sports bar.

Brett Johnson, 30, had been waiting in line at the All Star Sports Bar at 4251 SW 13th St. when a fight broke out outside of the bar just before 3 a.m., according to a Sheriff’s Office report. Johnson was stabbed multiple times in the upper torso and was transported by a private vehicle to Shands at the University of Florida, according to the report.

Deputies responded to reports of the stabbing to find blood and a possible crime scene, but no victim, according to the report.

Bystanders reportedly assisted the victim by attempting to control the bleeding and drove him to the hospital.

Detectives have been unable to interview the victim as of late Monday morning, as he was still being treated for life-threatening injuries. As of Monday evening, officials still had no update on his current condition.

All Star Sports Bar is considered to be an after-hours club, meaning it does not serve alcohol past 2 a.m. but is allowed to stay open until 4 a.m. serving food, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Art Forgey. He said the establishment has been “on their radar” for some time due to the sheer volume of complaints received.

Lt. Kaley Behl of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office said she has responded to multiple calls at the address and said officers are usually overwhelmed by the activity in the parking lot. She said they regularly receive complaints about noise and fights, and see open container and narcotics violations.

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