A San Francisco man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries this morning after being shot in the head while trying to prevent his car from being stolen, police said.

The shooting happened at about 4:40 a.m. in the 400 block of Wilde Avenue, at Rutland Street, in the city’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood.

Police spokesman Officer Samson Chan said the victim came out of his house to find three males trying to break into his Buick.

When he tried to intervene, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot him twice, once in the head, Chan said.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

Witnesses said the suspects, who were all wearing dark clothing, fled on foot before police arrived, according to Chan. No further description was given.

Chan said the area is “usually a quiet residential area.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the police tip line at (415) 575-4444.

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