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Bouncer stabbed in Dorchester bar brawl

He is in critical condition; 6 more injured in fight

A bouncer was stabbed and seriously injured inside a Dorchester bar early yesterday morning when he tried to break up a fight among some patrons, police said.

Six other people had less severe stab wounds in the melee, according to police.

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Officer James Kenneally, a Boston Police Department spokesman, said officers responded about 2 a.m. to Ups N’ Downs at 469 Neponset Ave., where the bouncer, who is in his early 40s, had a stab wound to a leg, near the femoral artery.

His injuries were life-threatening, police said in a statement, and he was taken to Boston Medical Center.

He is in critical condition, the statement said.

Kenneally said some of the injured people took themselves to the hospital; the bouncer was the only one taken by ambulance.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing, according to Kenneally.

The bar was cited for a license premise violation as a result of the incident, he said.

A man who answered the phone at the bar yesterday afternoon said no one was available to comment.

Last year, the bar was cited because of a large fight that had broken out in the parking lot next to the establishment on Nov. 5 at 1:50 a.m., according to police.

After a January hearing on the matter, the city Licensing Board found that the bar did not commit any violations.

Steve Range, a manager at the bar, said during the hearing that the staff was working to prevent a similar incident from happening.

He said that after the November fight, staff had not been allowing the upstairs bar to have more than 100 patrons in it at a time; its capacity is 130.

Boston police urge anyone with information on the stabbing to call detectives at 617-343-4335.

People can also call the department’s anonymous tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS.

Globe correspondent Patrick D. Rosso contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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