San Fran­cisco shoot­ing called tar­geted

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

SAN FRAN­CISCO — An af­ter­noon shoot­ing of three peo­ple in a pop­u­lar city park full of chil­dren and sun­bathers ap­pears to have been a tar­geted as­sault by at least one of two groups and may have gang ties, San Fran­cisco po­lice said Fri­day.

Two of three vic­tims re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized Fri­day, one in se­ri­ous con­di­tion. Po­lice de­clined to iden­tify the vic­tims, ages 69, 37 and 16.

The shoot­ing oc­curred shortly af­ter 3 p.m. Thurs­day on a bridge that con­nects the park to a neigh­bor­hood and spans street­car tracks, po­lice said. Two groups of men con­fronted each other on the bridge be­fore the shoot­ing be­gan, wit­nesses said. Some of the men were wear­ing ban­danas to cover their faces, wit­nesses said.

No ar­rests have been made, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors are look­ing into whether the shoot­ing was gang-re­lated, among other pos­si­ble mo­tives, po­lice spokesman Robert Rueca said.

Rueca said po­lice have stepped up pa­trols around the park in the Mis­sion Dis­trict, an area that is trans­form­ing from a gritty area to a neigh­bor­hood of ex­pen­sive homes, trendy bars and res­tau­rants.


San Fran­cisco po­lice of­fi­cer Grace Gat­pan­dan speaks with an­other of­fi­cer as they re­spond to re­ports of a shoot­ing Thurs­day at a city park.

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