2 men stabbed outside Overton Square bar

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two men were stabbed outside an Overton Square bar Thursday morning, according to Memphis Police Department.

The stabbing happened outside Bar Louie at the corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street some time near 1 a.m.

The victims told police they were stabbed by a man after an argument inside the bar.

One victim was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Overton Square owner Loeb Properties officials said they have provided security footage to police:

"Overton Square is committed to providing a safe environment for visitors and businesses with extensive, ever-changing security procedures that include 24-hour onsite security. We are working closely with the Memphis Police Department and have provided security camera footage of the incident to assist their efforts."

There have been no arrests at this time.

"Just don't make any sense," said Jason Warren. "One thing about it is if you don't know how to act, stay at home. It's just that simple."

There are tons of cameras in the area and security to help police in their investigation. Many people hope video captured Thursday morning will help police make an arrest.

"That's crazy to me I wouldn't have thought that," said Laken Erickson. "Maybe somewhere else but not in this area."

Police said it is unknown if the victims and the suspect knew each other and have yet to release details on why they were fighting.

"Bar fights I know occasionally happen but this one is just a tragic situation that was absolutely preventable," said Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

While some residents said they usually feel safe in Overton Square, Strickland sent a strong message.

"We have to be able to control our emotions better than that and sort of deescalate it so that everyone walks away safely," Strickland said.

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