San Francisco shooting called targeted
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.