FLATBUSH — A young man in his 20s died early Saturday after a fight outside La Cabana Rodriguez restaurant on Flatbush Avenue near Beverley Road, according to police.
Officers said they found the victim, who was not immediately identified, at 3:57 a.m. with a serious gash on his right arm.
"The victim was involved in a dispute...before falling on a glass bottle, sustaining an injury to his arm," a police spokesman said.
According to several area residents, the dispute began as a drunken brawl.
The New York Daily News reported that the victim had waved a machete at his dining companion after the two got into a fight over the check.
The injured man was rushed to Kings County Hospital, but declared dead on arrival at 4:30 a.m. Police had not made any arrests on Saturday, but said an investigation was ongoing.
Calls to La Cabana Rodriguez on Saturday were not returned.
A machete with an 18-inch blade was spotted lying on the ground within the crime scene area and was tagged as evidence, but police said it had not been used in the attack.
There were several large blood stains on the ground near a soiled jacket more than 100 feet away from the machete.
The machete did not to appear to have blood on it.
"I'm surprised they haven't shut the place down yet," 19-year-old neighborhood resident Fares Alsamet said about La Cabana Rodriguez.
Alsamet claimed he has seen restaurant patrons involved in shootings in the decade he has lived on the block.
"I've heard it's a good place, but it's messing up the whole community," he said.