Two 49ers fans were shot after one of them says they had gotten into a dispute over a football game with a Saints fan.
Corey Adams, who is visiting Duluth from California, said he and his friend were watching the game at a nearby Applebee's.
"We were going for the 49ers, this guy was a Saints fan," Adams said. "He kind of got upset that at the time the Saints was losing. He started saying how he was coming back for us and all that, we kind of didn't pay attention to what he was saying."
Adams said the man left the restaurant without finishing his food. About an hour-and-a-half later, during halftime, Adams and his friend decided to leave the restaurant.
"During the game we kind of forgot about it," Adams said. "We started walking out to the car, this guy approached us in a hood. "
Adams' friend was shot in the stomach at close range, meanwhile Adams started running away from the shooter. He ran around a nearby restaurant, and ducked behind a car after he said he could hear people outside of the Applebee's yelling for him to duck.
"That's when I felt something hot and I reached for my head and he kept shooting," Adams said. "I just took off running."
Adams' friend is in critical condition at Gwinnett Medical Center. Meanwhile, Gwinnett Police say they're glad more people didn't get hurt in this busy area.
"When you're looking at a population here, it's heavily populated," said Gwinnett Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter. "It can be dangerous."
Meanwhile, Applebee's, which does have off duty police officers serving as security guards later on Fridays and Saturdays, released the following statement:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of this senseless tragedy. We are cooperating fully with authorities."
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