A San Francisco man was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of shooting at two private security guards who tried to remove a group of truant juveniles from private property in the city’s Bayview District earlier in the day, a police spokesman said today.
The incident came a day before San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris testified in Sacramento in support of a state Senate bill designed to fight truancy.
Kalann Johnson, 19, was arrested in connection with the shooting, which was reported at about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Keith Street and Newcomb Avenue.
The suspect shot out the windows of a white Dodge Charger carrying two security guards from the company Andrews International, San Francisco police Officer Boaz Mariles said today.
Some of the public housing communities in the Bayview District hire private uniformed security guards to protect the area, and the two guards were trying to move the group off the property when the shooting occurred, Mariles said.
About 10 shots were fired, but when police officers arrived, the gunman had already fled. Several people, mostly truant juveniles, were detained and taken to the department’s Bayview station for questioning.
None of them were believed to be the shooter, and they were released pending further investigation.
Officers also followed the escape route of the shooter and located a handgun and clothing that had been discarded in the area.
At about 7 p.m. Tuesday, investigators were able to locate the suspect, Johnson, at a home in the Bayview and arrested him on two counts of attempted murder, Mariles said.
Johnson, a known street gang member in the city’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood, may face additional charges, according to Mariles.
The shooting occurred about a block from George Washington Carver Elementary School, which was locked down for more than two hours while police searched for the suspect.
Harris testified this morning in support of Senate Bill 1148, proposed by state Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara. The bill would define chronic truancy in the state’s Education Code as unexcused absences of 10 percent or more of a school year.
The bill would also mandate that attendance information be part of a child’s permanent school record.