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49ers look to avoid repeat of fan violence

August 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The San Francisco 49ers are taking steps to head off a repeat of the weekend violence that left two people shot and one man badly beaten during a pre-season game at Candlestick Park.

It was a brutal game Saturday, not on the field but in the stands as fights broke out when the archrivals Oakland Raiders were in town.

Niners CEO Jed York said he will recommend that the NFL call off the annual preseason battle between the two teams. He promised to beef up security patrols at games and ban all tailgating during the game.

"This is a game where they have a rivalry situation and unfortunately you have the worst segment, a very small segment, from both fan bases that comes and brings about this type of event," York said.

One fan called it a day of rolling fistfights. Another said thugs had hijacked the stadium.

YouTube video showed fans wearing 49ers and Raiders gear exchanging punches in the stands. Another showed women fighting outside the stadium.

Two people were shot in different areas of the parking lot. A man who identified himself only as Jack is the father of a 24-year-old 49ers fan who was shot four times in the stomach.

"The NFL should have stopped the thing and settled everyone down and say the game's not going to continue because the fights just kept going on and on, not to mention before the fights, if you looked at the parking lot, it's riddled with booze," Jack said.

Jack said his son is unable to eat or drink after undergoing surgery.

Jack said his son had just dropped a friend off in the parking lot. As he and two others in the pickup truck went to look for parking, they saw a group wearing Raiders gear jump their friend.

"My son's two friends got out to pull the other guys off and said, 'Stop, stop, stop,'" Jack said. "My son got out and whoever it was you shot him four times for stepping two steps away from his truck."

Jack said his wounded son managed to drive his truck to a parking lot gate where an attendant helped him.

Jack's son is listed in fair condition and so was the person who was brutally beaten in the restroom.

The other shooting victim, who was shot in the face, was apparently treated and released so the hospital has no record of him.

No suspects have been arrested.


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