Soccer game

Shooting, fights reported after San Jose, Calif., football game, police say

Five people were arrested and one person was grazed by a bullet Thursday night after gunfire and several fights broke out following 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 assembly”.

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

Authorities did not release the names of those charged, but said one of the suspects was arrested for a firearms violation.

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

Video posted to Twitter showed a fan jumping onto the pitch at one point during the game. The man could be seen running towards the players and throwing a punch before being subdued by several team members. It is not known why the person ran into the field or if they were taken into custody.

Earthquakes then beat Cruz Azul 2-0.

In a statement to NBC Bay Areateam officials said they were “aware of the incident that happened in the parking lot” after the game.

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