Post-game Shootings Trigger Fan Safety Concerns

49ers-stadium-shootingIn less than five months for the second time, a fan attending a pro game involving a San Francisco team has went in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, increasing inquiries concerning fan safety at sports venues.

The police in San Francisco were looking for suspects in the shooting of the two victims in the Candlestick Park parking lot after the game on Saturday night between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders.

According to police spokesperson Michael Andraychak, a 24-year-old male was in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, while one more male in his 20s was being treated for less-severe gunshot wounds.  The names of the suspects have not yet been released.

Andraychak said in a voice recording that “I do not know if these victims were fans of any particular ballclub, and I have not been able to confirm they were there to attend the game.”

So far no suspects have been arrested.  The shooting reminded of the March 31 happening in which Giants fan Bryan Stow sustained brain damage from a brutal beating outside Dodger Stadium.  He remains hospitalized and his prognosis for recovery is unsure.

In both cases, the San Francisco team was playing a longtime rival.

Police Sgt. Frank Harrell said the injured party with the more severe wounds was wearing t-shirt that degraded the 49ers.

“There were a lot of Raiders fans that came in with T-shirts that said, ‘F— the Niners.’ You go to someone else’s stadium and you wear stuff like that, there’s tension immediately,” According to Rafael Nunez of Fremont, who attended Saturday’s game and was tailgating Sunday before the Toronto Blue Jays played the Oakland Athletics at the Coliseum.

Nunez and his associate tailgaters said they do not take their children to Oakland Raiders games any longer for the reason of security concerns over what he named “a thug mentality.”

According to Greg Aiello, NFL spokesperson the league is appraising the events on Saturday.

Aiello said, “We will continue to work closely with our clubs and law-enforcement agencies to support our fan-conduct and stadium-security initiatives.”

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