Fan shot in parking lot area of stadium

Updated: September 20, 2003, 2:50 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Three people were arrested Saturday in the death of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan who was shot during a stadium parking lot dispute after attending a Dodgers-Giants game, police said.

A police spokeswoman said late Friday that the fight was between feuding fans and that the shooter was rooting for the San Francisco Giants. But police said Saturday they were still investigating the motive and that it was unclear whether baseball was the issue.

Mark Antenorcruz, 25, of Covina, was shot once in the upper body around 10 p.m. as he headed for his car, police and county coroner's Lt. Gary Kellerman said. Antenorcruz was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police spokeswoman Lucy Diaz said Saturday that the victim had been in a shouting match with the three suspects, two men and one woman, and that one of the suspects went to his car, pulled out a handgun and fired.

"Apparently we have multiple suspects who are Giants fans who got into an argument with a Dodger fan," Officer Adriana Sanchez, a police spokeswoman said. "One of the suspects shot the Dodger fan then fled the location."

The 300-acre stadium complex is in the hills north of downtown.

One of Antenorcruz's companions told a passing driver about the shooting and the driver pursued the suspects' vehicle and wrote down its license plate number. Police used it to track down the suspects.

Diaz said it was unclear what charges would be filed.

The National League West champion Giants had just won 6-4 Friday night and people were leaving Dodger Stadium when a group of San Francisco fans jeered Antenorcruz, who may have given a reply.

Neither baseball team commented on the deadly shooting.

The Giants clinched the division on Wednesday. Friday's loss, meantime, dropped the Dodgers three games behind Philadelphia for the N-L wild card slot.

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