ALAMEDA -- An El Cerrito man remains hospitalized after he was stabbed multiple times in the back during a melee involving up to 50 people early Sunday morning outside a sports bar, police said.

Investigators are still piecing together what led up to the altercation outside Scobies Sports Bar & Grill at 2431 Central Ave. But the incident apparently began after an argument among about six women inside a restroom at the business, Alameda police Lt. Ted Horlbeck said.

The trouble spread into the bar and onto the street, where four or five separate fights involving dozens of people began about 12:25 a.m.

"It literally took everyone we had on duty to bring the situation under control," Horlbeck said.

Many at the scene, which is near the busy Park Street shopping district, appeared drunk and were uncooperative with officers, police said.

Offices found the 22-year-old stabbing victim lying face down across the street from the bar with six stab wounds in his back. His injuries are not considered life-threatening, Horlbeck said.

The man, whose name was not disclosed, told police that someone attacked him from behind and that he could not remember many details about what happened, Horlbeck said. No weapon was recovered and investigators are not sure whether the man was stabbed with a knife or a bottle.

While no one was arrested, the stabbing remains under investigation, police said.

The incident follows the stabbing of two men ages 26 and 29 outside the sports bar early the morning of March 18, when a fight broke out among two groups of people around closing time. The men's injuries were not life threatening and the three suspects had already ran from the scene before officers arrived, police said.

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