Originally written on It's Always Sunny in Detroit  |  Last updated 1/16/12
Deep in the depths of sports hell, the sports gods frown on fans of San Francisco's professional sports teams. Outside a Duluth, Georgia Applebee's, San Francisco 49ers fan Chris Middleton was shot by an angry Saints fan following the 49ers 36-32 victory over the Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoff round Saturday evening.
 
The shooter was identified by police as 31-year old Donald Ayro. According to Middleton's friend, Corey Adams, Adams and Middleton had been arguing with Ayro over the game while inside Applebee's. Following the game, Ayro approached the two friends.
 
"I took off running and he started shooting at me and shot like four or five times and he grazed the back of my head," said Adams, who suffered a minor head wound.

Adams told WSB-TV in Atlanta that Middleton was shot in the abdomen and taken to the hospital in critical condition.
 
Ayro was arrested and has since been charged with aggravated assault and felony weapons counts.
 
This is reminiscent of what happened to San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow who was severely beaten outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day 2011. Stow was in the hospital for several months and is still undergoing a plethora of treatments.
 
Luckily for Middleton, the outcome of his attack is seemingly less severe, but it's still disgusting that someone would attempt to take another person's life over a sporting event.  We need a lot less violence and a little more (only a little) embracing like Drew Brees and Alex Smith above.


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