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Candlestick Park violence 'will not be tolerated,' mayors say

August 21, 2011 |  3:43 pm


The mayors of Oakland and San Francisco released a joint statement Sunday condemning the violence at a San Francisco 49ers-Oakland Raiders football game that left three people injured.

"Violence will not be tolerated," mayors Ed Lee of San Francisco and Jean Quan of Oakland wrote. "Fans come to our stadiums to enjoy an afternoon of football, not to be subjected to intimidation or violence. These games are family events, and the types of images we witnessed last night have no place in our arenas."

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

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.

Officials are still trying to determine motives for the attacks.

Violence is "unacceptable and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," the mayors said in their statement.


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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