shooting_nighttime.jpgPreviously: Two Shot Near Fort Mason Youth Hostel



Three people are recovering from bullet wounds after being shot during an attempted robbery Wednesday night in San Francisco’s Fort Mason, authorities said today.

The shooting was reported just before 10 p.m., National Park Service spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet said.

A group of 10 to 12 people in their late teens and early 20s were walking from the waterfront up the Black Point Battery staircase to upper Fort Mason when a male with a gun jumped out of the bushes and demanded that they empty their pockets, Picavet said.

During the attempted robbery, the suspect fired two shots, Picavet said. One bullet grazed the face of a 22-year-old woman and ricocheted, striking the leg of a male in her group.

The second bullet struck a 17-year-old boy in the stomach.

The boy underwent surgery at San Francisco General Hospital and is expected to survive, Picavet said. The other shooting victims were treated and released.

The robbery was unsuccessful and the suspect fled. He is described as a male of unknown age, about 5 feet 8 inches tall. He may have been wearing a dark-colored hoodie or cap.

After the shooting, one of the victims went to the nearby San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel and a staff member called police, Picavet said. None of the victims were staying at the hostel, and the shooting did not take place on the hostel grounds.

The victims are all San Francisco residents who were apparently just walking through the area, Picavet said.

The incident is being investigated by U.S. Park police, the National Park Service and the FBI.

Picavet said the Fort Mason area is typically very quiet and has not had any similar incidents in many years. Authorities are now planning to step up patrols in the area, she said.

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  • kl2real

    There may not have been many reported problems in years, but it is creepy out there at night. There are often strange people lurking about along the McDowell Ave hill. If I can’t finish my run before dark, I go up Bay Street. I rarely see Park Police, though I did see one yesterday afternoon during my run, several hours before this shooting.

  • raqcoon

    Wow, so was this solo perp trying to hustle a large group of energetic young folks? Maybe he got tired of waiting for a lone hosteler to jack. In any case, not a good reputation for anybody planning to stay at that hostel. My suggestion: take a vacation in Iowa instead.