FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WJAR) — Officials said a New Hampshire man who was in the stands to watch Sunday's football game at Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts died.
Video obtained by WJAR shows a fight that erupted inside the stadium during the game.
We looked up and we just saw a bunch of people standing around in an area in there ... a lot of people that were standing around, were filming with their phones," said Keith Noonan, who attended the game.
At about 11 p.m., a call came in saying that the man had suffered a medical episode.
He was identified as 53-year-old Dale Mooney, of Newmarket, New Hampshire.
Mooney was reportedly in the 308-309 section of the stadium when the incident occurred.
Cellphone footage showed Patriots and Miami Dolphins fans getting into an altercation.
At one point, a Dolphins' fan was caught throwing a punch at Mooney, who was wearing a Patriots jersey.
Witnesses told WJAR Mooney went unconscious.
The Norfolk County district attorney said the man was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
No sport is worth, you know, getting physical with anybody," said Noonan.
Noonan was in section 309 with his son. He said he didn't see the fight, but saw security rushing to the area.
More than half a dozen officers and security guards were seen in the section.
Witnesses told WJAR first responders did CPR for at least 10 minutes.
I was shocked. Everyone in that section had to get moved," said Devyn Kirwin, another person who attended the game.
Kirwin said this was not how he expected his first Patriots game to go.
Especially to know that it happened right behind me and there wasn't much I could do about it," said Kirwin.
The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office said there are no charges at this time.
Massachusetts State Police are leading the investigation.
Mooney's death is separate from another episode in which a Rhode Island firefighter and others came to the aid of a man at the game who had no pulse.
Anthony Colella, Jr. told WJAR in an exclusive interview that the game was just about to start when he saw people running. Colella was at the game with some friends who are also firefighters.
Colella said he looked over his left shoulder and saw a man on the ground.
When he and another firefighter, Mark McCullough, who is a Needham, Massachusetts, firefighter checked the man, they couldn't find a pulse.
Colella said he immediately began CPR for 10 minutes until paramedics arrived.
He said the man began breathing on his own after a few minutes, so they rolled him on his side.
"As a firefighter, this is something that's in my head constantly. You just don't know what could happen. You don't know what could be thrown at you, and that's what we're trained to do," Colella told WJAR. "We're trained to jump in, whether it's at work or not."
Colella said he doesn't think the man was choking but experienced a cardiac event.
The man was taken to a hospital. His name and condition were not immediately available.
The New England Patriots lost the game to the Miami Dolphins. The score was 24-17.