LOS ANGELES (CBS SF) ― A San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten and badly injured at Dodger Stadium showed “evidence of brain injury and dysfunction” and remained hospitalized in critical but guarded condition, doctors said Tuesday. Gabriel Zada, a Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center neurosurgeon, indicated that Bryan Stow, 42, of Santa Cruz, likely suffered brain damage – that could affect memory, thinking ability and even personality – as a result of a severe skull fracture and bad bruising to his frontal lobe.
“He does remain in critical condition and over the next week or so, we’ll be able to make a better assessment,” said Zada. It’s going to be a long recovery process.” At one point, doctors had to remove the entire left side of Stow’s skull to ease pressure on his brain.
The pressure was now normal but Stow remained in a coma from his injuries and from sedation to reduce his brain activity, Zada said.
The police urged anyone with information about the attack to call them at (877) 527-3247.
The suspects approached Stow, who was wearing Giants gear, from behind and first taunted him before hitting him and knocking him to the ground, where he hit his head on the pavement and was then kicked repeatedly in the head and body.
They then fled in a four-door sedan driven by a woman who had a boy with her, the LAPD said.
Detectives estimated that out of some 40,000 people who streamed into the parking lot after the game, at least 100 probably were near enough to see the attack and he urged them to contact police.
It was too dark for video surveillance camera to provide clear images, police said.
Investigators indicated they were also checking an unconfirmed report that three men in Giants gear were punched by the same attackers only minutes before Stow was attacked.
Stow, an enthusiastic Giants fan, was attending his first game at Dodgers Stadium and had looked forward to the game all year, his cousin said.
Stow’s relatives said they did not blame Dodger fans for the attack.
“My family and I just want to express that we have no animosity towards the people of Los Angeles,” said Erin Collins, Stow’s sister.