A man remains in critical condition today after suffering at least one gunshot wound Saturday night in San Francisco’s Mission District, a police spokeswoman said.
The 39-year-old victim was near the intersection of 24th and Hampshire streets at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday when he was shot by an unidentified suspect, according to San Francisco police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan.
Prior to officers arriving at the scene, the victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, located about a block away, with at least one gunshot wound to the upper body, Gatpandan said.
Officers have not been able to speak with the victim because of his serious injuries, but doctors at the hospital told police that the victim is expected to survive, Gatpandan said.
Police interviewed witnesses and recovered evidence of the shooting at the scene, but did not locate the suspect or the firearm, Gatpandan said.
According to witness statements, the suspect was a Hispanic male wearing a black sweatshirt and blue shoes at the time of the shooting.
Witnesses also reported seeing a suspect vehicle at the scene, described as a white, newer-model BMW, which fled following the shooting.
The shooting occurred just hours after the neighborhood’s annual Carnaval celebrations, but police have not determined whether the victim or the suspect attended the festivities earlier in the day.
Police are investigating the possible motive for the shooting, whether anyone else was involved and if the victim was the intended target.
Anyone with information about the shooting or the suspect is urged to contact police via their anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or by texting a tip to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the start of the message.
Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News