police-light-bar1.jpgA teenage boy was critically injured when he was shot on a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus in the city’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood on Monday afternoon, police said.

The shooting was reported at 1:39 p.m. near Garrison Avenue and Rey Street.

The 17-year-old victim was in the back of the bus when, reports the Ex, “the suspect, described as a man in his early 20s, boarded the bus, walked to the rear and opened fire on the victim.”

Witnesses told police the suspect got on a Muni 9-San Bruno bus and got into a verbal confrontation with the victim, who was riding the bus at the time, Manfredi said.

Then, as the victim exited the rear of the bus, the suspect opened fire from the bottom step of the rear bus doors and then ran away. He was last seen running north on Garrison Avenue, according to Manfredi.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. His wounds are considered life-threatening, police said.

The suspect ran off the bus and had not been found as of this morning. SF Weekly describes him as “a black man, between 20 and 25 years old.”

Police tell Bay City News that he is about 6 feet tall, has dark skin, short-cropped hair, and a small moustache. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, white T-shirt and saggy light blue jeans, Manfredi said.

Muni officials handed over the surveillance video from the bus to police, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

The Police Department’s gang task force is reviewing the footage and is leading the investigation into the shooting. Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the gang task force at (415) 553-1401.

People wishing to remain anonymous can call the department’s tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

Dan McMenamin of Bay City News contributed significantly to this report

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