Numerous fights marked Raiders-49ers game before shooting
Authorities on Sunday identified a person of interest in one of two shootings at a preseason football game between cross-bay rivals the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders on Saturday night at Candlestick Park, an event peppered with numerous fights in the stands and an assault that left a man unconscious in a bathroom.
Authorities were still sifting through evidence and puzzling over whether any of the incidents involved fans from the opposing teams. One of the shooting victims was wearing a T-shirt imprinted with a derogatory phrase about the 49ers, according to police.
The violence occurred during and after the 49ers' 17-3 victory in their home stadium. Videos taken by fans and posted online depict fights and aggressive behavior in the stands during the game. Callers to a Bay Area radio show Sunday described navigating a gantlet of drunk and abusive fans in order to reach the restroom.
Sgt. Michael Andraychak of the San Francisco Police Department said Sunday that police and stadium security officials take note of games between teams with a particularly strong rivalry or whose fans have a history of violence. The 49ers-Raiders fit both those criteria and extra police were assigned to Candlestick Park on Saturday.
In the two parking lot shootings, a 24-year-old man was shot multiple times in the stomach about 8 p.m. and managed to drive himself to a stadium security office for help, Andraychak said. He was hospitalized in critical condition. In another attack, a man in his 20s was shot numerous times but sustained lesser injuries, according to police.
About an hour before the shootings, a 26-year-old man from San Rafael was assaulted and beaten unconscious in a bathroom. He was hospitalized in serious condition, police said. The suspect in that incident was described by police as a Samoan or Pacific Islander between 25 and 30 years old, weighing 225 to 260 pounds and 6-foot-3 to 6-foot-5-inches tall.
The names of the victims have not been released.
Andraychak said no suspects were in custody and that although the shootings were being investigated as separate incidents, they were possibly related.
-- Julie Cart
Photo: An officer holds a bloodied shirt as police investigate the scene of a shooting at Candlestick Park after the San Francisco 49ers' game against the Oakland Raiders. Credit: Michael Macor / Associated Press