police-light-bar1.jpgHow did a Portola-area stabbing get conflated into a report of a shooting on Interstate 280? Great question! But that’s apparently what happened Sunday morning in San Francisco.

According to the rundown of crimes of note sent by SFPD to the media, at 5:43 AM a 31-year-old man driving “N/B 280 @ 6th St” suffered a “gunshot to torso.”

According to the SFPD report, the victim “drives himself to local hospital and tells the police that he was shot on N/B 280 near the 6th St exit. No suspect description and no crime scene at this time.”

Local wire service Bay City News reported on this crime based on SFPD’s account, in an article that ran in the Appeal and on CBS5’s site, among other places.

But SFPD’s report was wrong, the Examiner points out.

Instead, they report, a someone passing the intersection of San Bruno and Paul saw the victim “slumped over the steering wheel of his car” and drove the injured man to the hospital.

According to the Weekly , the victim, who has been reported to be either 47 or 48 years old “told police he had been shot when in fact he had multiple stab wounds to his face and torso.”

“Police are still unsure as to why medical staff would report that a stabbing victim had been shot and how the story originated,” reports the Ex.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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