A man is in critical condition after being shot last night outside Candlestick Park. He was reportedly wearing a “F— the 49ers” t-shirt after a preseason game between the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.
This 24-year-old victim was shot two to four times in the midsection before driving his truck to a gate and finding his way to a security guard. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital upon discovery.
A 20-year-old man was also found shot in the face and was lucky to come away with just superficial injuries after it was announced he was in stable condition. He also was attacked in the parking lot after the game.
San Francisco police Sgt. Frank Harrell stated, “We are treating it as separate shootings, but we believe they are related.”
Another violent crime happened inside the stadium itself during the game. A 26-year-old man was assaulted to the point of unconsciousness in the bathroom during the fourth quarter. He was taken to the hospital and his injuries are life-threatening.
It is unclear if the assault and the two shootings are in any way connected.
The 49ers released a small statement following the game that read,
“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."
What everyone wants to know is if tensions between the Raiders and 49ers fans have finally boiled over and turned violent.
The most critically injured shooting victim was donning a shirt that slandered the home team, but the police believe they have found a suspect in the attack.
They pulled a man wearing Raiders attire off a party bus shortly after the shooting, and it is believed he is being detained as the prime suspect as of right now.
The attack may be unrelated to the team rivalry as apparently both the victim and perpetrator are fans of the Raiders.
These attacks will instantly remind Bay Area fans of the Bryan Stow incident, in which a San Francisco Giants fan was severely beaten and injured by Dodgers fans outside of Dodger Stadium. Stow still remains in critical condition four months after the attacks.
Please stay tuned here at Bleacher Report for more updates and information on these attacks outside of Candlestick Park as it becomes available.