sfpd_squad.jpgPolice have released the names of two suspects who were arrested in connection with a shooting Friday night in which a stray bullet penetrated a San Francisco apartment and struck an 11-year-old girl, San Francisco police said.

The girl was hit in the chest when shots fired at about 11:15 p.m. in the 1100 block of Laguna Street penetrated the walls of her apartment building, SFPD spokesperson Officer Albie Esparza said.

She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. She remains at the hospital but her condition has improved slightly, Esparza said.

It appears a group of men had been arguing outside, and one began shooting, Esparza said.

Three men were detained, and two were eventually arrested, Esparza said. SFPD identified them today as Lazarus Thomas, 19, of Daly City, and San Francisco resident Shadon Caprice Mitchell, 20.

They were booked into jail for assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a weapon and other charges, Esparza said. The third man was released.

Esparza did not know what the argument was about, but he said the shooting is being investigated as gang related, Esparza said, noting that “several search warrants have been served.”

No mug shots of the suspects will be made available until additional identification matters have been resolved, Esparza said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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