Well this sucks. The apparent fight occurred on Saturday night and forced the scheduled Northside Festival events at the venue to be shifted to the Gibson.
A man is in critical condition today after being found with severe head trauma inside The Charleston in Williamsburg early this morning. Cops say the 32-year-old man was found around 1:30 a.m. inside the Bedford Avenue bar, near N 7th Street. He was unconscious and unresponsive with severe head trauma, and was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.
A server at Sujo, a restaurant across the street, told us that there was a fight at the bar last night. Police could be seen setting up a crime scene outside the bar this afternoon.
Cops say no arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
Details are few, so keep us posted if you were there.
UPDATE: Gothamist has more from a witness who was passing by on Saturday night:
The man in critical condition following an altercation at the Charleston in Williamsburg on Saturday night was punched unconscious by a bouncer, according to a bystander. The witness, Joe, asked that his last name not be used because of professional concerns… Joe said he saw a man in a black “Security” shirt yelling at another man, and that as he looked down momentarily, he “heard a smack that sounded like a branch break.”
He described seeing this when he looked back:
“The security guy was standing over the other guy who was now face down in the street. The security guard kept yelling out, ‘I put you to sleep. I put you to sleep. Don’t get up, I put you to sleep.'”
Two other men in black shirts grabbed the unconscious man and dragged him back to the curb, still face-down, Joe said. He took the altercation as his cue to get out of there. Police do not report finding the 32-year-old victim, who they describe as suffering severe head trauma, until 1:30 am, and say he was inside the bar, but based on the available information, the knockout Joe saw appears related. A police spokesman said the victim “was getting into physical altercations inside and outside of the bar,” and that no arrests have yet been made. Joe said there was no question the man he saw get punched was seriously injured.
“He was out cold. He was not moving,” he said. “It’s not like, ‘Oh he’s woozy.’ ‘Oh, they rang his bell.’ He was not responding.”
He said he spoke to a detective who told him, “I’ll pass this on to the lead detective and if he wants to hear your story he’ll get in touch.”
A woman who answered the phone at the Charleston said, “No comment, I’m sorry,” and hung up before this reporter could say what he was calling about.