A 19-year-old San Francisco man was arrested tonight on suspicion of shooting at two private security guards, triggering an exchange of gunfire in the city’s Bayview neighborhood this morning, a police spokesman said.
The suspect shot out the windows of a white Dodge Charger carrying two security guards at about 10:20 a.m. near the intersection of Keith Street and Newcomb Avenue, police spokesman Officer Samson Chan said. The security guards returned gunfire, but no one was injured in the shooting.
Chan said about 10 shots were fired.
When police officers arrived, the gunman had already fled.
Several people were detained this afternoon for questioning in connection with the shooting, Chan said. None of them was believed to be the shooter and they were released pending further investigation.
However, Chan said, “Officers had followed the escape route of the shooter. They located a handgun as well as discarded clothing in the area adjacent to where the shooting occurred.”
Investigators were able to locate the suspect, Kalann Johnson, at a home in the Bayview and he was arrested at about 7 p.m. on two counts of attempted murder, Chan said, adding that Johnson may face additional charges. Chan said police believe the weapon recovered was the one used in the shooting.
The shooting occurred about a block from George Washington Carver Elementary School, which was locked down until about 12:40 p.m.
According to Chan, some of the public housing communities in the Bayview District hire private uniformed security guards to protect the area. The guards are armed, he said.
During the George Washington Carver school lockdown, classes continued inside, but no one was allowed to enter or exit the building, San Francisco Unified School District spokeswoman Gentle Blythe said.
Blythe said the lockdown was just a precaution and that school staff members are familiar with the procedure because police activity in the area is fairly common.
“The school is really a safe haven in that neighborhood for those children,” she said.
“Violence around the school has never entered the school, that I know of.”