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2 Fans Shot at Candlestick Park After 49ers-Raiders Game

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The mayors of San Francisco and Oakland are calling for an end to violence among fans at sporting events after two men were shot in the parking lot of Candlestick Park following a 49ers-Raiders exhibition game over the weekend.

A 24-year-old man was the most seriously wounded, shot several times in the stomach. Fortunately, his condition was upgraded to "fair" from "critical" on Monday, according to the Associated Press. He was wearing a "F**k the 49ers" t-shirt, and police are looking into whether that had anything to do with the shooting.

Another young man was treated for less serious gunshot wounds in a separate shooting. However, Sgt. Frank Harrell said police believe the two shootings "are related."

In addition, a third man was knocked unconscious in a bathroom during the game. His condition has also been ugraded to "fair" from "serious," said officials at San Francisco General Hospital.

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So far no arrests have been made, but San Francisco Police Sgt. Mike Andraychak said cops are looking for "a person of interest" in connection with one of the shootings.

In a joint statement San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan wrote:

"The incidents... are completely unacceptable and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Fans come to our stadiums to enjoy an afternoon of football, not to be subjected to intimidation or violence. These games are family events and the types of images we witnessed last night have no place in our arenas."

The shootings brought to mind the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow outside Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles in April. Stow suffered severe brain injuries and remains hospitalized.