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NFL, mayors urge end of violence at games

SAN FRANCISCO -- The NFL and the mayors of the two cities jointly called for an end to "intimidation" and acts of violence at sporting events Sunday after two men were shot and wounded following a San Francisco 49ers-Oakland Raiders preseason game.

The shooting late Saturday in the parking lot at Candlestick Park evoked memories of another recent disturbing act of postgame violence involving two rival California pro sports teams -- the near-fatal beating in March of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium.

This time, a 24-year-old man, who reportedly was wearing a shirt that profanely insulted the 49ers, 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.

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 hospitalized in serious condition 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."

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.

The attacks come about five months after San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten by two men in Los Angeles Dodgers gear outside Dodger Stadium after the archrivals' season opener March 31. Two suspects have been charged in the case.

That attack drew widespread attention, focusing the spotlight on security at Dodger Stadium and the intense rivalry among Dodgers and Giants fans.

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