shooting_nighttime.jpgAn afternoon shooting near a busy tourist spot in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood left a juvenile male injured and police searching for clues, a police spokesman said.

Police received reports of shots heard near several intersections around Market–including Market and Fifth streets, Market and Sixth streets, and Turk and Taylor streets–at about 4:30 p.m., Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.

Officers responded and determined that the shooting took place at Fifth and Market streets, which is where both the Powell Street BART station and the Westfield San Francisco Centre mall are located.

The juvenile who was shot had apparently ran to Turk Street, where he was picked up by a good Samaritan motorist, Andraychak said.

Officers stopped the car containing the victim at Turk and Leavenworth streets, and the victim, who was found with a gunshot wound, was transported by ambulance to a hospital, according to Andraychak. The victim’s injury was not considered life-threatening.

The investigation is ongoing, and no suspect description or motive was available as of 7:15 p.m., Andraychak said.

Patricia Decker, Bay City News

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