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Raiders-49ers game marred by two shootings, severe beating

August 21, 2011 |  7:50 am


San Francisco police are investigating whether team rivalry was to blame for three violent incidents at a preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders.

A man wearing a shirt denigrating the 49ers was critically wounded in a shooting in the Candlestick Park parking lot after the game.

The victim, in his 20s, was shot four times in the stomach and stumbled out of his truck. Police detained a suspect late Saturday.

A second shooting was reported in a different section of the parking lot.

That victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. Detectives were looking for a connection between the two shootings.

"We are treating it as separate shootings, but we believe they are related," San Francisco police Lt. Frank Harrell told KTVU-TV.

Inside the stadium, a man was severely beaten in a restroom during the fourth quarter of the game. He was hospitalized in critical condition, the Oakland Tribune reported.

The 49ers released a statement saying: "The San Francisco Police Department is investigating a shooting incident following Saturday's NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders outside Candlestick Park. No other information regarding the incident is available from the 49ers at this time."


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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