Police Search For Witnesses In Candlestick Shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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 this spring of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium.

In Saturday’s attacks, a 24-year-old man, who reportedly was wearing a “F— the Niners” T-shirt, remained hospitalized in serious condition Sunday after being shot several times in the stomach. He 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 no arrests have been made and 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, a 26-year-old man, was also hospitalized in serious condition Sunday after he was knocked unconscious in a stadium bathroom during the game. That attack appeared unrelated to the other two, police 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.”

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello echoed similar comments, saying “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.”

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

The team said that “these kinds of events are disquieting to everyone in the Bay Area community. We are working to assist the San Francisco Police Department in any way possible to understand how and why this happened.”

Raiders CEO Amy Trask said in a statement that “the incidents at last night’s game are not acceptable to the Raiders or to any National Football League team and our thoughts are with all affected.”

Head Coach Hue Jackson also shared his desire for a safe fan-friendly environment “where we wish that people come out and enjoy a game and hopefully that those things don’t happen.”

On Saturday, Sgt. Frank Harrell said the man shot wearing the T-shirt drove his truck to a gate and stumbled to stadium security. A second man shot before that in the parking lot and had superficial face injuries, Harrell said.

He said the two shootings were being treated separately “but we believe they are related.”

The attacks come nearly 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 in Los Angeles. Two men charged 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.

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

Christian End, an assistant professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati, who specializes in sports fan behavior, said there are several factors for unruliness at sporting events — including the magnitude of the game, if it is between arch rivals, adrenaline and alcohol. There’s also “deindividuation,” when fans supporting a particular team adopt a group mentality and may become uncivil.

“The anonymity of large crowds can afford some fans the opportunity to act in a way that they typically wouldn’t because there’s less accountability and less fear of repercussion,” End said.

End said violence between fans of opposing teams can typically begin with light banter, followed by “one-upping” each other with statistics or other chatter that could draw a crowd.

“Then it could be taken up a notch where the fun aspect is gone and it just escalates,” End said.

End said he doesn’t believe fan violence has increased in the last 10 years but may appear that way partially due to new technology at hand.

“There are more cameras covering games and more fans using their smartphones,” End said. “Any acts of aggression have a higher probability of being captured and being shown over the Internet and on television.

“It would give the impression that, `Boy, fans are engaging in all of this aggressive behavior.’ But you have to remember that a vast majority of them are not.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • The Blogger

    This is a tragic event.

    I’m curious, Is CSB 13 covering the Saturday morning shooting at Fulton & Northrop avenue?

    Two people were shot…..

    Where is the story?

    Other local news agencies are reporting….

    What about you guys?


  • jimmy

    I was there at the game that day, there was a fight breaking out almost every 5 minutes to where the cops couldnt stop it in time. After about the 5th fight I realized it was mostly drunken niner fans fighting each other..HAHAHA!

  • jack1122

    Were the suspects Black or latino? The story didn’t say.

  • Ric Brown

    better idia stop going to the games ,

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  • Moonlightowl7

    Take a good look at where this stadium is. The area is a rat hole, gang ridden and neglected part of the city. You want sporting events to be safe? Start promoting good business development in the areas that they are,

  • Cleotis

    I saw the mexicans fighting each other on TV at that game. Badass little punks fighting each over a game. What losers.

  • flynnsef

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    • jack1122

      If we could only close the Border, This would help keep out those Brown pieces of chit.

  • Yvonne Blake Horgeshimer

    gee the thanks he gets for helping people, someone oughta beat them up and put them in the hospital so that the patients he helped can give them what for

  • Mr A

    What stupidity! It takes 2 teams to have a game. It’s a game, not a war, idiots! The professional leagues are not going to babysit thousands of fans. It is societal breakdown causing the problems.

  • ninersfanforever

    As a 49s fan for decades I would not like to see someone with F the niners on his shirt, that is so lame to wear to the game. This stadium cost multi-millions to build and a few street punks are out looking for an excuse to gang up on someone, such cowardly deadbeat losers they could cause the stadium to lose its appeal to all fans of both teams. I suppose now we will have to start going through airport like security to get inside the stadium because of a handful of jerks who did not come to see the game but instead to look for a way(their way)to kill some one. Our government needs to bring our troops home and station them on the border all the way from Calif. to Louisiana.

  • human

    shoot anyone that wears a “F***” anything shirt in public

    good for the shooter — thank you!

  • Lady63

    Attending sports games are to be a fun time to enjoy and support your team. These games are starting to be dangerous. As a family person I will chose not to attend games at this rate. These people are not teaching our youth what the sport is all about.

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