Victims of violence after 49ers-Raiders game in serious condition 

Two men remained hospitalized in serious condition Sunday after one was assaulted in a Candlestick Park bathroom and another two were shot in the parking lot at Saturday night’s 49ers-Raiders game, police said.

Police interviewed witnesses Sunday and looked for suspects. Sgt. Mike Andraychak said inspectors have identified a person of interest related to one shooting. Yet information remained sketchy about the attacks, including whether anyone was arrested.

Mayor Ed Lee issued a statement saying that “suspects are believed to be in custody” in the more serious incidents. But Andraychak replied, “I don’t know why they would say that; I don’t have any information on any arrest.”

Police said a 26-year-old San Rafael man was beaten and knocked unconscious inside a men’s restroom between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. Then just after the game, two men in their 20s were shot in the parking lot. One man, 24, who reportedly wore a “F--- the Niners” T-shirt, was hospitalized after being shot several times in the stomach. The second shooting victim — whose injuries were not life-threatening — was found elsewhere in the parking lot, Andraychak said.

Police are unsure whether the shootings are connected, but the men were found far enough away from each other that police are investigating the incidents separately, he said.

A motive for either attack — including whether either was influenced by emotions surrounding the rival teams — wasn’t known. Andraychak had no information about any possible gang connection.

The suspect in the restroom attack was described as a male Samoan/Pacific Islander who is 25 to 30 years old, 6 feet 3 inches to 6 feet 5 inches tall, and 225 to 260 pounds. He had a goatee and long curly hair in a ponytail, and was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, police said.

There was no description of a shooting suspect or suspects.

The incidents evoke disturbing memories of another recent incident of post-game violence involving rival California pro sports teams: the near-fatal beating this spring of Giants fan Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium.

Stow, 42, a Santa Cruz paramedic, suffered severe brain injuries and remains hospitalized in serious condition.
Two men charged in that beating, Louie Sanchez, 28, and Marvin Norwood, 30, have pleaded not guilty.

The 49ers issued a statement saying the team is working with police to understand Saturday’s events and are hopeful for the recovery of the victims.

Lee, in a statement issued jointly with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, called the attacks “completely unacceptable” and said those responsible would be fully prosecuted.

“Fans come to our stadiums to enjoy an afternoon of football, not to be subjected to intimidation or violence,” the statement said. “These games are family events and the types of images we witnessed last night have no place in our arenas.”

The National Football League also issued a statement about the violence. “We pledge our full support to Mayors Lee and Quan and to state and local law enforcement agencies,” it said. “We will work with our clubs and law enforcement agencies to ensure responsible fan conduct at all NFL games.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD.

Wire services contributed to this report.

Candlestick Park assaults

  • A 26-year-old San Rafael man was beaten and knocked unconscious inside a Candlestick Park restroom between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. He was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
  • A 24-year-old man who reportedly wore a “F--- the Niners” T-shirt was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after being shot several times in the stomach.
  • A second shooting victim, whose injuries were described as superficial, was found elsewhere in the parking lot. It is uncertain whether the second shooting is related to the first.

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