SAN FRANCISCO — Police interviewed witnesses and looked for suspects Sunday after two men were shot and wounded following a San Francisco 49ers-Oakland Raiders preseason game, while the NFL and the mayors of the two cities jointly called for an end to "intimidation" and acts of violence at sporting events.
Saturday night's shooting in the parking lot at Candlestick Park evoked memories of another recent disturbing act of post-game violence involving two rival California pro sports teams — the near-fatal beating in March of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium.
In Saturday's attacks, a 24-year-old man, who reportedly was wearing a "F--- the Niners" T-shirt, remained hospitalized in serious condition Sunday after being shot several times in the stomach. He had managed to stumble to Candlestick Park stadium security for help despite the severe injuries, police said.
A second victim, a 20-year-old man, was treated for less serious wounds in a separate shooting, also after the game.
Sgt. Mike Andraychak said Sunday that police are looking for "a person of interest" connected to at least one of the shootings. He would not specify which shooting.
A motive for either attack — including whether either was influenced by emotions surrounding a game involving fiercely rival teams — also wasn't known.
Apart from the shootings, a third victim was also hospitalized in serious condition Sunday after he was knocked unconscious in a stadium bathroom during the football game. That attack appeared unrelated to the other two, authorities said.
The victims' names have not been released as the violent spree overshadowed the 49ers' 17-3 victory over the Raiders.
The crimes prompted San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to issue a joint statement saying that violence at stadiums in both cities will not be tolerated.
"The incidents .... are completely unacceptable and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," the mayors said. "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," they continued.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello echoed similar comments in a statement released Sunday.
"We deplore the activities of a handful of fans at last night's game and pledge our full support to Mayors Lee and Quan and to state and local law enforcement agencies," Aiello said. "We are carefully reviewing the events to make sure we have a full understanding of the facts.
"We will continue to work closely with our clubs and law enforcement agencies to support our fan conduct and stadium security initiatives," Aiello said
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who also once was a coach in the Raiders organization, said he was saddened to hear about the spate of violence.
"I didn't know anything was going on during the game. I wasn't aware of that," Harbaugh said. "I feel bad for the people who got injured and the people who had to see that, for those who had to witness it. I feel bad when you sponsor an event, for an organization, and those things happen."