sfpd_gunpoint.jpg3:43 PM: A driver who fled from police during a traffic stop in San Francisco this afternoon was shot and seriously injured while exchanging gunfire with police, police Chief Greg Suhr said.

Officers pulled over the suspect’s car on Bush Street, about half a block west of Larkin Street, at 1:25 p.m., Suhr told reporters at the scene.

The driver got out of the car and fled, and as two officers chased him, he fired at least two shots at them, Suhr said. Police returned fire, hitting the suspect in the upper body, possibly in the head or neck, the chief said.

The suspect was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he is being treated for potentially life-threatening injuries.

A female passenger in the suspect’s car slid into the driver’s seat and drove away while the officers were chasing the suspect, Suhr said. Police are searching for the car, and believe the passenger is someone known in the neighborhood.

Police have recovered the suspect’s gun, and also found an ID on the ground that belongs to a wanted parolee, but do not yet know if the ID is that of the man who was shot.

Larkin Street remained closed between Bush and Sutter streets as of 3 p.m.

Hamood Albadani, 52, who is visiting San Francisco from Michigan, said he witnessed the shooting while walking on Sutter Street.

He said he was at the intersection of Sutter and Larkin streets when he saw a man fire five or six shots toward a parked car, but couldn’t see if he was shooting at anything in particular.

He said the shooter was in the street, and that a police officer approached him from the sidewalk and fired one shot to the man’s head, taking him down.

2:53 PM: Police have shut down a section of San Francisco’s Larkin Street to investigate a shooting that occurred there this afternoon.

A fire dispatcher said the fire department received word of the shooting around 1:30 p.m.

He said one person has been transported to San Francisco General Hospital.

The shooting appears to have happened near Larkin and Fern streets, and police have shut down Larkin between Bush and Sutter streets.

A pool of blood could be seen in the street, and police had cordoned off the area with crime scene tape.

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  • Ann M

    Technically, this tragedy didn’t occur in the Tenderloin. However, the Tenderloin’s problems have been expanding into other parts of the neighborhood for a long time. By the 1990s, prostitutes were soliciting openly on Sutter Street.

    The most frustrating part of it is that no one has an answer. Responsible people who live in the area co-exist with the dangerous, disturbing behavior of others, ranging from defecation outside our front doorways to shootings.

    After something like this happens, there’s only one thing we can do: hope that the people who were traumatized by the incident will recover and not turn into confirmed misanthropists.

  • Ann M

    Technically, this tragedy didn’t occur in the Tenderloin. However, the Tenderloin’s problems have been expanding into other parts of the neighborhood for a long time. By the 1990s, prostitutes were soliciting openly on Sutter Street.

    The most frustrating part of it is that no one has an answer. Responsible people who live in the area co-exist with the dangerous, disturbing behavior of others, ranging from defecation outside our front doorways to shootings.

    After something like this happens, there’s only one thing we can do: hope that the people who were traumatized by the incident will recover and not turn into confirmed misanthropists.