Beaten Giants fan has brain damage, faces long recovery, doctors say
This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.
A Giants fan who was severely beaten by Dodgers fans at the end of the Dodgers' home opener last week has brain damage and faces a long recovery, say doctors who are treating him.
Los Angeles Police Department detectives said as many as 100 people may have witnessed the attack, which occurred about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Parking Lot 2 at Dodger Stadium.
The two men attacked the three victims, including Santa Clara paramedic Bryan Stow, kicking and punching them and shouting expletives about the Giants as they delivered the blows, police said. Stow fell and hit his head on the ground.
At a Tuesday news conference, County-USC doctors explained the severity of Stow's condition. They said he suffered a severely fractured skull and damage to the frontal lobe of his brain.
The left side of his skull has been removed to allow his swollen brain to decompress. And even without sedation, he probably would still be in a coma, said Dr. Gabriel Zada, his neurologist.
"It's going to be a long recovery process," Zada said.
Minutes before the beating, Stow texted a relative to say that he feared for his safety, his cousin said. In the text message, he said he was "scared inside the stadium," his cousin John Stow said, adding: "He doesn't use that term loosely."
There is now a $100,000 reward to find the assailants.
Tipsters can call LA Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, text the letters TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or use the website LACrimeStoppers.org.
For the record, 9:43 a.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified Bryan Stow as a Santa Cruz paramedic. It also incorrectly spelled Stow's first name as Brian.
-- Richard Winton
Photos, from top: Members of Bryan Stow's family gather outside Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where a news conference was held on the beating of the San Francisco Giants fan in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium. From left are his uncle John Devitt; his mother, Ann Stow; and his sisters, Bonnie Stow and Erin Collins (credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times) family photo of Stow and his children (credit: Associated Press).
Sketch: Police drawings of the beating suspects. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department via KTLA-TV.