San Diego police were dispatched to several locations downtown at around 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, September 6.
At 1:57 a.m., police responded to a report of a fight in the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel, located at 207 Fifth Avenue. A second fight was reported in the lobby of the hotel about 20 minutes later, and police were dispatched to the location at 2:18 a.m.
Several minutes later, a dispatcher told police, “See security personnel on the Sixth Avenue side of the hotel in the security office.” Security personnel from Horton Plaza were reportedly chasing suspects involved in an assault.
Police near the Stingaree club on Sixth Avenue questioned two persons who were nearby but weren’t sure if they were victims or suspects. A police officer on the scene later said, “A female witness identified the two people as the ones who started the fight.”