Montgomery County police are investigating a shooting and multiple stabbing in a fight that quickly escalated outside a Gaithersburg cafe early Sunday.
Police said nearly 100 people were involved in the altercation that broke out inside, and migrated outside, the at 385 Muddy Branch Road in the Festival Shopping Center around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
New Red Rock Cafe was hosting a Rapper Karaoke Night, which attracted a large, young adult audience from around the region, police said. Police said a fight apparently broke out between two women initially, and then escalated when others got involved.
Police said witnesses were uncooperative and they did not have a description of any suspects.
"The officers were able to establish a perimeter and bring the situation under control," Lucille Baur, a police spokeswoman, told WTOP. "Many individuals fled from the scene once police arrived."
Seven people were transported to hospitals, including a Washington, DC, man who suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound, five men who received non-life threatening stab wounds and one woman who transported herself to the hospital for lacerations, officials said.
Another man was punched with a blunt object but did not require transport and a number of others with minor injuries refused treatment, according to police.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the 5th/6th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237.
Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment.
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