Shooting, Fights Reported After San Jose, California Football Game, Police Say

Five people were arrested and one person was hit by a bullet Thursday night after gunshots and multiple fights broke out after a soccer game in California, authorities said.

More than 40 officers responded to the chaotic scene at PayPal Park, which is just west of the San Jose airport, city police said. Authorities called the incident an “unlawful gathering”.

One person suffered a “grazing gunshot wound”, while several others were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Authorities have not released the names of the people charged, but said one of the suspects was arrested for firearms violations.

The game between the San Jose Earthquakes and Cruz Azul was billed as an “international friendly” competition, according to the Mercury News. However, it had its own share of violence.

A video posted on Twitter shows a fan jumping onto the field at one point during the game. The man could be seen running to players and taking a punch before being subdued by multiple team members. It is not clear why the person ran onto the field or whether he was arrested.

The earthquakes continued to beat Cruz Azul 2-0.

In a statement to NBC Bay Area, team officials said they were “aware of the incident that took place in the parking lot” after the game.

“The Earthquakes organization appreciates the prompt response of the San Jose Police Department and is working closely with the SJPD to gather more information at this time,” the team said. “We are committed to working with the SJPD and our community to make our events a safe environment for all fans.”

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