SAN JOSE -- Investigators are seeking a suspect in a weekend brawl outside Casino M8trix where he stabbed a man then opened fire on a group of the victim's friends before disappearing, according to San Jose police.

The melee erupted around 2:30 a.m. Sunday when two men got into a "heated exchange of words" inside a restaurant attached to the casino at Airport Parkway and Matrix Boulevard, then followed each other into the parking lot, San Jose police Officer Albert Morales said.

It devolved into a physical fight, and at some point one of the men stabbed the other, Morales said. Then the man with the knife also pulled out a gun, and shot at a group of friends of the stabbing victim.

No one was hit by the gunfire, though a bullet shattered a car window. The shooter fled the scene.

The injured man was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. Morales said he was uncooperative with police, who found at least one shell casing in the casino parking lot.

Spokesman Sean Kali-rai said the casino is contributing surveillance video to the investigative effort.

"We're working with San Jose police to piece together exactly what happened and have some justice," he said. "(The restaurant) is a family place. People need to control their tempers. Whatever was said, there is no justification for this."


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Anyone with information about the case can contact police at 408-477-4161 or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or at svcrimestoppers.org.

Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.