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policeblotter_sfa.jpg8:18 AM: According to SFPD, a shooting has occurred at Gough and Ellis streets in San
Francisco this morning.

Civilians are urged to avoid the area as, according to SFPD spokesperson Lt. Troy Dangerfield, “the area is not secure” and “is still an emergency situation.”

According to KRON4 broadcast, traffic’s being diverted around the area, causing delays for those who must pass through the area.

Dangerfield had no other details on the incident at this time, we’ll certainly update when we hear more.

8:50:An officer-involved shooting occurred near Gough and Ellis streets in San Francisco this morning, police said.

Police have released few details about the incident, but a fire dispatcher said the fire department was notified of the shooting shortly before 8 a.m. and that one person was taken to a hospital.

Peter Gorman, who lives on Ellis near Gough, said he heard two shots then a rapid succession of five to 10 shots.

He later went outside with his dog to see what had happened and found the street filled with police.

As of 8:30 a.m., several blocks of Gough Street were cordoned off and commute traffic was backed up.

A gray Honda sedan inside the crime scene appeared to have crashed into a parked car. A San Francisco police patrol car was stopped in the middle of the street inside the taped-off area.

The shooting happened near Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, but a woman answering the phone there said the school was not affected and that she didn’t believe any students were involved.

According to KRON4 broadcast, the school is presently “on lockdown.”

Gough is closed between Geary and Turk. Traffic is reportedly snarled in the area, and drivers are advised to seek alternate routes.

Bay City News contributed significantly to this report

9:02 AM: SFPD spokesperson Lt. Troy Dangerfield provided more details on this morning’s shooting, saying that SFPD had been seeking an “armed and dangerous” suspect for the last three days, and had received information that he was staying in the area.

At 7:56, the officers approached the area, Dangerfield says. The suspect, a 36-year-old Asian man (Dangerfield says SFPD was not releasing his name at this time) and SFPD officers exchanged fire. Dangerfield did not have any additional details on how the shooting began.

The suspect ended up crashing his vehicle into a car parked in the area.

No officers were injured, and the suspect sustained non-life-threatening injuries. He’s in the hospital, and “is talking” Dangerfield said.

Dangerfield says that two guns recovered in the vehicle the suspect was driving, one was an assault rifle known as an AK-47.

When asked about the traffic situation by KRON4 broadcast, Dangerfield said “Please bear with us, it does take time. We want to do a systematic investigation…we want to be thorough in order to be right.” He did not have an estimate of twhen the area would be reopened to traffic.

10:47 AM (Bay City News): A wanted parolee considered armed and dangerous was shot and wounded by police this morning on a busy San Francisco thoroughfare during the morning commute.

Investigators had been searching for the 36-year-old man, who was wanted on a $75,000 warrant and is believed to have fired an assault weapon last week, police said.

This morning, they received information that he was in the 1000 block of Gough Street.
Two plainclothes officers spotted him near the corner of Gough and Ellis streets a few minutes before 8 a.m., Police Chief Greg Suhr said.

The officers identified themselves and tried to apprehend the man, but he shot at them and tried to escape in a gray four-door Honda Accord, police said.

The officers returned fire, hitting the suspect, and he crashed into a parked car in the 1000 block of Gough Street, according to police.

The man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for injuries that are not life-threatening, Dangerfield said. Police are now interviewing him and have not yet released his name.

No one else was injured in the shooting.

Investigators recovered two weapons from inside the Honda–an AK47 assault rifle and a handgun, police said.

Several blocks of Gough Street were shut while detectives surveyed the crime scene.
A gardener who was planting a tree at Jefferson Square Park near the corner of Gough and Eddy streets said he heard two distinct shots, followed by heavy gunfire.

Immediately after the succession of gunshots, the gardener heard a loud crash. He said he ran toward the Honda Accord, shovel in hand, and saw two plainclothes officers crouched near the car with guns pointed at vehicle.

The driver was slumped over the wheel and his head was moving slightly, said the gardener, who didn’t want to be identified.

“Cops were here in rapid time,” he said.

Peter Gorman, who lives on Ellis near Gough, also said he heard two shots then a rapid succession of five to 10 shots.

He later went outside with his dog to see what had happened and found the street filled with police.

Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory is located near where the shooting happened, but a woman answering the phone there said the school was not affected.

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