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House party ends with weapon drawn; man beaten

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By Carol A. Clark

A man with his face and clothing covered in blood staggered towards Los Alamos Police Lt. Reggie Briggle as he responded to a call involving an assault by a man with a gun at 2337-B 45th Street Monday. Upon arriving on the scene at 10 p.m., a neighbor directed Briggle to a walkway behind him where he encountered a severely beaten David Ellenberg, 21, 3408 Urban. According to the police report, others at the scene scattered before Briggle arrived.The beating followed a party earlier at the home where Andrew Garsik, 19, lives. Alcohol was consumed at the party, according to police, and at some point Garsik and Ellenberg got into a fight. Others in attendance, including Riley Evans, 19, 1533 Camino Medio and Dominick Crandall, 19, 2482-A 46th Street, separated the two, but a scuffle continued outside the home before Ellenberg finally left.According to police, Ellenberg returned a short time later and knocked on the door. When Garsik answered, Ellenberg shoved the revolver in his face. Crandall, Evans and another friend pounced on Ellenberg. Crandall told police he got Ellenberg into a "sleeper hold" and lowered him down to the doorway as he passed out.Ellenberg reportedly came to quickly and resumed fighting. Garsik, Evans and Crandall, according to the report, began hitting and kicking Ellenberg in the face.At this point, the neighbor intervened.