Up to 40 involved in massive southeast Missouri brawl

Police in the southeast Missouri town of Cape Girardeau are investigating after a massive brawl broke out after closing time at downtown bars.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the fight started around 1:30 a.m. Friday and involved up to 40 people at the scene. Those believed responsible for the brawl ran away as police arrived.

One man who apparently tried to break it up said he was punched and beaten with a baseball bat. He is hospitalized but no condition report was available.

No arrests have been made and police don't know what started the fight.