Some post-loss razzing of a San Francisco 49ers fan at a home in southeast Fresno turned violent Sunday when the man allegedly grabbed a handgun and shot two men in the leg, Fresno County sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Lolkus said.
Just after 7 p.m., deputies responded to the 200 block of North Caesar Avenue for shots fired in a home where 15 people, including a pregnant woman, were watching the football game between the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. Lolkus said deputies found two men, ages 63 and 45, with non life-threatening gunshot wounds to the leg.
Lolkus said the suspect, Amado Vargas, 39, was described as a "new" 49ers fan and was being taunted by people in the house. From there it escalated, Lolkus said, to him threatening people with a knife, which was wrestled away in a struggle.
Vargas allegedly charged into a room that had a gun safe, took out a handgun and fired multiple shots, with two hitting the victims, Lolkus said. The suspect then fled in a black car with family members.
Vargas was found by deputies in the emergency room at Community Regional Medical Center being treated for a non life-threatening stab wound. He would not tell deputies how he was stabbed and he was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
The victims were taken to Community Regional Medical Center.
Lolkus said a combination of alcohol and angry football fans caused the simple act of watching a football game to escalate into violence.
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