REDONDO BEACH (CBS) — Police say the bouncer of a Redondo Beach cocktail lounge was killed early Saturday in a fight.
The fatal fight happened about 1:45 a.m. at Pat’s II Cocktail Lounge in the 1300 block of South Pacific Coast Highway, Sgt. Fabian Saucedo of the Redondo Beach Police Department said.
“After the fight, the subjects got into a white vehicle and fled the location. The deceased was left there on the sidewalk.”
The bouncer, whose first name is Terry, died at the hospital.
The suspects were described as two male Hispanics, one with a ponytail. Investigators say at least one of the suspects was reportedly a regular at the bar, KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports.
The two suspects apparently walked up and asked to enter the bar well after last call. The bouncer said no which touched off the fight, said police.
The two fled the scene in a white 2003 Audi A4 with a license plate 5DQM959.
Edward Lawrence, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, says the car has been recovered and police are actively looking for the two suspects.
Police said they have identified the two men involved and are looking to arrest them.
Lawrence was also at the bar when a makeshift memorial to the deceased started to form near where Terry was slain. He described it as “an outpouring of love.”
He spoke to Brooke Owens who works at a flower shop nearby.
“He was just a really nice guy. One of those guys who would do anything for anybody,” she said.
Most of the flowers at the location came from her shop. She felt the need to say goodbye to a friend of a decade.
“He would just walk me the rest of the way home to make sure I got there safely,” Owens said,
Richard Palomo, who owns El Tarasco down the block, says Terry would come in every night. And last night was no different.
Terry came by the restaurant to see if his take out order was ready. “I wish I never went inside to check,” says Palomo, “I wish I stayed out here and stayed sweeping. I would have seen the fight happening, I could have ran over and helped the guy out. Just didn’t happen.”