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2 recovering from Candlestick Park violence

Candlestick Park violence
The two men most seriously injured during and after a pre-season football game between the Oakland Raiders and the 49ers on Saturday night are recovering at a San Francisco hospital.

A 26-year-old man from San Rafael was beaten unconscious in a stadium restroom and suffered traumatic brain injury, San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagen said.

The other hospitalized victim, a 25-year-old man, was in a parking lot when he was shot in the abdomen, but managed to drive to a security office for help, authorities said.

Each patient's condition was upgraded from serious to fair, Kagen said.

The names of the victims have not been released.

A third man was wounded, also during a parking lot confrontation, police said. His condition was not available. Police are seeking a person of interest in one of the shootings.

The violence occurred as the 49ers' scored a 17-3 victory at Candlestick Park, 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 said they had to navigate a gantlet of drunk and abusive fans just to go to a restroom.


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Photo: Police investigate a shooting in the Candlestick Park parking lot. Credit: Michael Macor / San Francisco Chronicle

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