ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) -- An Angels fan is in critical condition after being severely beaten in an unprovoked attack in the parking lot of Angel Stadium after Friday night's playoff game against the Kansas City Royals.
Two witnesses, only identified as Sandra and her 15-year-old daughter, Morgan, spoke to Eyewitness News on Saturday about what they saw.
Both are diehard Angels fans. But they say they will never forget the brutal beating.
The vicious assault happened around 10:30 p.m. in the preferred parking lot outside Angel Stadium.
Sandra and Morgan said the victim and his cousin were leaving the game when the 43-year-old was suddenly attacked from behind without warning.
"This man started running towards another, and just started beating this guy. He had two punches, the guy went down, he was out cold, and then he started beating his face really bad on the pavement," Sandra said.
The beating terrified Morgan.
"He continued to punch him while he was on the ground, and that's what got me a little bit upset and a little bit scared. When he had ran a few steps away and came back, I started to get even more worried. Is he going to come after me and my mom, or go to anyone around, a witness?" she said.
As the suspect ran off with two other men, Sandra and Morgan rushed to help the victim.
"He wasn't breathing, so we went down to try to help, and we were trying to call someone to help. No one was coming, so he started turning purple," Sandra said.
The man was rushed to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Saturday night. His male relative was not injured.
The Angels are cooperating with Anaheim police as they search for the suspects and an answer for the brutal attack.
In a statement to Eyewitness News, the team said the safety of their fans and their fan's experience at the game is the focus of their organization.
"It's an unfortunate incident. We wish the gentleman and his family the best. We hope that the investigation will unfold the way it should," the team said, adding that security is evaluated every night on a regular basis, and that, "that night, the response was immediate."
Angels fan beaten in Angel Stadium parking lot - Eyewitness News exclusive
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