sfpd_squad.jpgA man was shot in the hip in an apparent road rage attack in San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood on Wednesday morning, a police spokesman said Thursday.

The shooting was reported at 9:05 a.m. near Evans Avenue and Jennings Street but the confrontation began earlier along Third Street, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

The 21-year-old victim and another person were in a car when they noticed that the driver of a dark-colored Mitsubishi was tailgating them and appeared to be irate, Esparza said.

When the victims stopped at a red light at Newcomb Avenue, the suspect got out of the Mitsubishi and approached the passenger-side door of the victim’s vehicle, then punched the 21-year-old in the face through the open window, according to Esparza.

The light then turned green and the victims drove away, but the suspect got back into his car and continued to follow them. He eventually pulled alongside the victims on Evans Avenue and opened fire, striking the victim once in the hip, Esparza said.

The suspect, a black man between 20 and 30 years old who was wearing a long-sleeve hooded sweatshirt and dark pants, then drove away. Neither the suspect nor his vehicle had been found as of this afternoon, according to Esparza.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for his injuries, which are not considered life-threatening, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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