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Stadium shootings investigated

Associated Press / August 22, 2011

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Police in San Francisco interviewed witnesses and looked for suspects yesterday after two men were shot and wounded following a 49ers-Raiders preseason game Saturday night, while the NFL and the mayors of the two cities called for an end to “intimidation’’ and acts of violence at sporting events.

The shooting 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.

In Saturday’s attacks, a 24-year-old man, who reportedly was wearing a T-shirt referring to the 49ers with an obscenity, remained hospitalized in serious condition yesterday after being shot several times in the stomach. He had managed to stumble to stadium security for help, police said.

A second victim, a 20-year-old man, was treated for less serious wounds in a separate shooting, also after the game.

Sergeant Mike Andraychak said that police are looking for “a person of interest’’ connected to at least one of the shootings, although he would not specify which shooting. A motive for either attack also wasn’t known.

Apart from the shootings, a third victim was also hospitalized in serious condition yesterday after he was knocked unconscious in a stadium bathroom during the game. That attack appeared unrelated to the other two, authorities said.

“We deplore the activities of a handful of fans at last night’s game and pledge our full support,’’ said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello. “We will continue to work closely with our clubs and law enforcement agencies to support our fan conduct and stadium security initiatives.’’

Burress shines in return Playing in his first game in nearly three years, Plaxico Burress caught three passes, including a terrific over-the-shoulder 26-yarder for a touchdown, to help the Jets beat the Bengals, 27-7, in an exhibition game in East Rutherford, N.J. Burress, signed last month after serving 20 months in prison on a gun charge, made his Jets debut memorable. He caught a 20-yard pass from Mark Sanchez on the team’s first offensive play and had another 20-yarder. The highlight came on New York’s last play of the first half, when Burress hauled in a TD pass down the left sideline . . . Philip Rivers led San Diego to scores on two of his three drives, then coach Norv Turner helped his club score another touchdown with two successful challenges on a single series in the Chargers’ 20-7 victory over Dallas in Arlington, Texas.

Favre intrigue? Colts owner Jim Irsay posted on his Twitter account that he is in Brett Favre’s hometown of Hattiesburg, Miss., but the quarterback’s agent said he has not heard of any interest from the Colts. General manager Chris Polian declined comment on Irsay’s tweet. The Colts could be without quarterback Peyton Manning (neck) into the regular season.

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