Candlestick Park Violence: Fans Beaten At Tailgate, Gun Found In Suspect's Vehicle

There was a shooting in Candlestick Park after the preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders. One suffered minor injuries, the other is in critical condition.

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49ers Banning Tailgating At Candlestick Park After Kickoffs

The Candlestick Park violence last Saturday after the Oakland Raiders-San Francisco 49ers game has already resulted in a suspension of the series. Now it looks as if the entire fan experience for Niners fans is about to be radically altered.

There will still be tailgating allowed for Niners fans, but it is now restricted to four hours before kickoff and ends when the game starts. Eric Branch tweeted that tailgating during and after the games has been banned. Security will also be beefed up during tailgating period. Tim Kawakami tweets that during tailgating periods, there will be 2-officer teams patrolling the areas to spot potential issues, and these places must be vacated before kickoff (either by going into the stadium or leaving the areas).

On some level, this does make sense. Candlestick has never been in the safest location for an NFL stadium, and it's probably for the best that there's no extracurricular activity happening in the parking lot during a football game. Besides, if you're at an NFL game, it probably makes sense to watch it inside right? And tailgating after the game can probably lead to trouble. Still, it's a very sudden development that could take time for 49ers fans to get used to.

For more discussion of the 49ers, go to Niners Nation.

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Candlestick Park Violence: Fan Assaulted In Bathroom, Seriously Injured During Niners-Raiders Game

And the madness continues to roll out of Candlestick Park. In addition to the shooting after the 49ers-Raiders game that left one man seriously hospitalized and another with facial wounds, there was another serious incident.

Bay City News and NBC Bay Area report that another man is fighting for his life tonight after being knocked out in an upper-level restroom during the game. He is in the hospital and is injuries are considered very serious.

Police do have some preliminary sketches on the suspect involved in the beating. Here are his features below:

  • Samoan/Pacific Islander male
  • 25-30 years old
  • Listed around the range of 6'3" and 6'5"
  • Weighs somewhere between 225 to 260 pounds
  • Goatee with long curly hair tied up in a ponytail
  • Wore white T-shirt and blue jeans apparently at the time of the incident.

Those who know anything about the incident or suspect in question are encouraged to call the tip line at (4150) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD.

Stay tuned to the SB Nation Bay Area storystream for more on the incident. Discuss the incident with Raiders fans (Silver and Black Pride) and 49ers fans (Niners Nation).

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