Police seek witnesses after San Francisco stadium shootings

Police officers investigate the scene of a shooting at Candlestick Park, where the San Francisco 49ers had just finished playing the Oakland Raiders, in San Francisco, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011.
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Police officers investigate the scene of a shooting at Candlestick Park, where the San Francisco 49ers had just finished playing the Oakland Raiders, in San Francisco, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011.
The Associated Press
Posted Aug. 21, 2011, at 5:34 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Police interviewed witnesses and looked for suspects Sunday after two men were shot and wounded following a San Francisco 49ers-Oakland Raiders preseason game, while the NFL and the mayors of the two cities jointly called for an end to “intimidation” and acts of violence at sporting events.

Saturday night’s shooting in the parking lot at Candlestick Park evoked memories of another recent disturbing act of post-game violence involving two rival California pro sports teams — the near-fatal beating in March of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium.

In Saturday’s attacks, a 24-year-old man, who was wearing a T-shirt with a derogatory comment about the 49ers, remained hospitalized in serious condition Sunday after being shot several times in the stomach. He had managed to stumble to Candlestick Park stadium security for help despite the severe injuries, police said.

A second victim, a 20-year-old man, was treated for less serious wounds in a separate shooting, also after the game.

Sgt. Mike Andraychak said Sunday that police are looking for “a person of interest” connected to at least one of the shootings. He would not specify which shooting.

A motive for either attack — including whether either was influenced by emotions surrounding a game involving fiercely rival teams — also wasn’t known.

Apart from the shootings, a third victim was also hospitalized in serious condition Sunday after he was knocked unconscious in a stadium bathroom during the football game. That attack appeared unrelated to the other two, authorities said.

The victims’ names have not been released as the violent spree overshadowed the 49ers’ 17-3 victory over the Raiders.

The crimes prompted San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to issue a joint statement saying that violence at stadiums in both cities will not be tolerated.

“The incidents …. are completely unacceptable and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” the mayors said. “Fans come to our stadiums to enjoy an afternoon of football, not to be subjected to intimidation or violence.

“These games are family events and the types of images we witnessed last night have no place in our arenas,” they continued.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello echoed similar comments in a statement released Sunday.

“We deplore the activities of a handful of fans at last night’s game and pledge our full support to Mayors Lee and Quan and to state and local law enforcement agencies,” Aiello said. “We are carefully reviewing the events to make sure we have a full understanding of the facts.

“We will continue to work closely with our clubs and law enforcement agencies to support our fan conduct and stadium security initiatives,” Aiello said

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who also once was a coach in the Raiders organization, said he was saddened to hear about the spate of violence.

“I didn’t know anything was going on during the game. I wasn’t aware of that,” Harbaugh said. “I feel bad for the people who got injured and the people who had to see that, for those who had to witness it. I feel bad when you sponsor an event, for an organization, and those things happen.”

Andraychak said police were interviewing witnesses Sunday, and encouraged others who may have tips or seen the violence to come forward.

The attacks come about five months after San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten by two men in Los Angeles Dodgers gear outside Dodger Stadium after the archrivals season opener March 31. Two suspects have been charged in the case.

Police Sgt. Frank Harrell said Saturday that the man shot wearing a T-shirt referring to the 49ers with an obscenity, drove his truck to a gate and stumbled to stadium security. The other man was shot before that in the parking lot and had superficial face injuries, Harrell said.

Harrell told reporters outside the stadium that the two shootings were being treated separately “but we believe they are related.” He did not elaborate.

In the attack on Stow, the Giants fan beaten nearly to death almost five months ago, the two men accused in the beating, Louie Sanchez, 28, and Marvin Norwood, 30, have pleaded not guilty.

Stow, 42, a Santa Cruz paramedic, suffered severe brain injuries and remains hospitalized in serious condition. Doctors say while the father of two has made “significant improvement,” it’s still unclear how far Stow’s recovery will take him.

That attack drew widespread attention and focusing the spotlight on security at Dodger Stadium, and the intense rivalry among Dodgers and Giants fans.

SAN FRANCISCO — Police sought suspects Sunday after gunfire erupted the night before in a stadium parking lot following a San Francisco 49ers NFL preseason game, injuring two men, including one victim who was wearing a T-shirt with a derogatory comment about the 49ers

That 24-year-old man, who was in critical condition, was shot several times in the stomach before stumbling to Candlestick Park stadium security for help, police said. Another man sustained lesser injuries in a separate shooting, police said.

It wasn’t known whether the same assailant or assailants were responsible for both attacks, or if the shootings were otherwise linked.

The violence occurred after the 49ers’ 17-3 victory Saturday night over their cross-bay rivals, the Oakland Raiders.

Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said Sunday that no suspects were in custody and that “I have no suspect description at this time.”

The critically injured man was being treated at San Francisco General Hospital for life-threatening injuries, and a 20-year-old man was hospitalized with less serious wounds, Andraychack told The Associated Press.

Their names have not been released.

Andraychak said police were interviewing witnesses Sunday, and encouraged others who may have tips or seen the violence to come forward.

A number of fights were also reported during Saturday’s game but there was no indication those fights had any connection to the attacks outside the stadium.

The attacks come about five months after a San Francisco Giants fan was severely beaten by two men in Los Angeles Dodgers gear outside Dodger Stadium after the archrivals season opener March 31. Two suspects have been charged in the case.

Police Sgt. Frank Harrell said Saturday that the man shot wearing a T-shirt referring to the 49ers with an obscenity, drove his truck to a gate and stumbled to stadium security. The other man was shot before that in the parking lot and had superficial face injuries, Harrell said.

Harrell told reporters outside the stadium that the two shootings were being treated separately “but we believe they are related.” He did not elaborate.

The 49ers issued a statement acknowledging the shootings and the investigation, but offered no additional details.

A spokesman for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said the mayor would issue a statement Sunday afternoon.

In violence during the game, a 26-year-old San Rafael man was assaulted and knocked unconscious in a men’s restroom. Police said he was hospitalized and a suspect was arrested.

But there is no indication that the beating was connected to the postgame shootings, Andraychak said Sunday.

In the Giants fan attack in March, the two men accused in the beating, Louie Sanchez, 28, and Marvin Norwood, 30, have pleaded not guilty.

Bryan Stow, a Santa Cruz paramedic, suffered severe brain injuries and remains hospitalized.

That attack drew widespread attention and focusing the spotlight on security at Dodger Stadium, and the intense rivalry among Dodgers and Giants fans.

SAN FRANCISCO — Two men were shot and wounded in the parking lot of Candlestick Park after a preseason NFL game Saturday night between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders, police said.

The shootings occurred shortly after the 49ers’ 17-3 victory, police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.

A 24-year-old man was treated at San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, and a 20-year-old man was hospitalized and was expected to survive, Andraychack told The Associated Press. Their names have not been released.

Police Sgt. Frank Harrell that the 24-year-old man was wearing a T-shirt with a derogatory comment about the 49ers and was shot two to four times in the stomach, according to reports in the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. He drove his truck to a gate and stumbled to security, Harrell said.

The other victim was shot earlier and had superficial face injuries, Harrell said.

“We are treating it as separate shootings, but we believe they are related,” Harrell told reporters outside the stadium.

Harrell said police took a man in a Raiders jersey off a party bus before it left the stadium and were calling him a suspect.

The suspect and the two victims had all attended the game, Harrell told the newspapers.

The 49ers issued a statement acknowledging the shootings and the investigation, but offering no further details.

There was at least one fight in the lower bowl of the stadium during the game, but it was no immediate indication that it was connected to the postgame shootings.

The violence was not the first involving a San Francisco sports team’s game this year.

In March, San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten by two men in Los Angeles Dodgers gear outside Dodger Stadium after the teams’ season opener. He remains in San Francisco hospital with in serious condition with brain injuries. Two suspects have been charged in the case.

 

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