A mother and son brutally beat a Mets fan after Friday night’s playoff game at Dodger Stadium — a bashing so savage, a friend of the victim says it caused the man to lose part of his skull.
Los Angeles police are still looking for the suspects and were planning to interview the unidentified victim who was in critical but stable condition, according to abc7.com.
The fight broke out around 10:30 p.m. in a parking lot after the Dodgers lost the opening game of the National League Division Series to the New York Mets when an argument between fans quickly escalated into violence, said police.
It wasn't clear whether those involved were Dodgers fans.
Detectives with the robbery-homicide division were interviewing witnesses and reviewing stadium surveillance footage, said authorities.
“We believe that it is a son and a mother who are responsible for this assault,” LAPD chief Charlie Beck said. “We believe that the weapon used were hands and feet.”
Witnesses said the victim was set upon and fell on his head.
“Embarrassed to be a Dodger fan as my Mets fan friend is in the hospital missing a piece of his skull after being hit by a lowlife,” a friend of the Mets fan posted on Twitter.
"I walked closer and there was a gentleman on the floor and was bleeding profusely from the head," witness Maria Cerecer told KABC-TV. "We got free rally towels that night, so they were holding the rally towels to his head."
This isn't the first time security at Dodger Stadium has come under national scrutiny. In 2011 an attack in the parking lot on opening day left San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow with brain damage.
Two men were later caught and imprisoned after pleading guilty to the assault.
Stow sued the Dodgers and their former owner Frank McCourt, saying they were to blame for the attack because of insufficient security and lighting.
He was awarded nearly $18 million for the incident.
For the deciding Game 5 of the NDLS on Thursday back in LA, Beck promised that cops would be out in force at Dodger Stadium.
“Particularly with the tensions between the teams right now and the fans obviously there has been a significant amount of rivalry here,” he said. “We will be a presence [at Game 5], there will be a sea of [LAPD] blue.”