Man Dies After Being Stabbed In California Gay Bar

Posted September 11, 2022 by with 0 comments

I spent most of 20’s and 30’s in Long Beach, and have been to this gay bar, Mine Shaft, at least a hundred times. I think it was the first gay bar I ever went to in LB, before I was 21, when I was using a fake ID. It used to be somewhat seedy and a great neighborhood dive bar for locals (I won’t mention the things that went on in the tiny outdoor area in the back), but as Long Beach became more gentrified over the last decade, it exploded in popularity and became more of a “mainstream” spot along the Broadway corridor. This is tragic, via KTLA:

One of two men who were stabbed inside a Long Beach gay bar early Saturday morning has died from his injuries.

Long Beach police say Christopher Finley, a 28-year-old resident of Long Beach, died about eight hours after the attack.

Finley and another unidentified man were stabbed in the “upper torso” at Mineshaft on the 1700 block of East Broadway.

Though police initially said the attack occurred at about 1:50 a.m. Saturday morning, they later confirmed that the stabbing happened around 11:47 p.m. Friday night.

Both men were transported to the hospital for injuries that police believed at the time were not life-threatening. Despite the initial report, Finley died around 10:50 a.m. Saturday, the Police Department said.

Investigators believe the two men got into a verbal argument with a third unidentified man. The altercation got physical and the suspect allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed both men before fleeing the area.


Police are still searching for the suspect.