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Candlestick Park violence echoes Bryan Stow beating

August 21, 2011 |  9:10 am

Los Angeles police officers make their way through Dodger Stadium.
The violence at Candlestick Park on Saturday night in which two men were shot and a third was beaten comes nearly five months after an assault at Dodgers Stadium shocked the sports world.

The attack on Bryan Stow -- who suffered brain damage and remains hospitalized -- focused attention on team rivalries.

It remains unclear whether team preferences played a role in the incidents at Saturday's San Francisco 49ers-Oakland Raiders game at Candlestick Park.

A man wearing a shirt cursing the 49ers was shot and critically wounded in the Candlestick Park parking lot. Police detained a suspect but said he was wearing Raiders apparel, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. A second man was shot elsewhere in the parking lot and a third man was severely beaten in a stadium restroom. Police didn't offer motives for any of the attacks.

KPIX-TV showed video of a fight in the stands during the game that had to be broken up by police. The station said there were at least three fights in the stands Saturday night.

The Stow beating occurred after the Dodgers' home opener against the San Francisco Giants on March 31. Stow, a Bay Area paramedic, was a Giants fan. The suspects were Dodgers fans, and authorities believe those team affinities played a role.

Prosecutors allege that Louie Sanchez shoved Stow and punched one of Stow's friends after the Dodgers opening day game against the Giants. After that initial contact, Stow, who was dressed in a Giants shirt, continued to walk with his friends toward the edge of the stadium parking lot, with Sanchez and his friend, Marvin Norwood, in pursuit, L.A. County prosecutors wrote.

Sanchez caught up with the group and punched another of Stow's friends, knocking him to the ground, the court document said. As Stow faced Norwood, Sanchez surprised him from behind and punched him in the side of the head, prosecutors allege. Stow's friends told authorities that he immediately lost consciousness and fell sideways to the ground without breaking his fall.

"When Stow's head hit the ground, witnesses heard his head impact the concrete and saw it bounce," prosecutors wrote.

Sanchez is accused of kicking Stow several times in the head. Norwood also kicked Stow, prosecutors wrote, and stood over his body, asking: "Who else wants to fight?"


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Photo: Los Angeles police officers make their way through Dodger Stadium. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times