Police release picture of suspected gunman who shot two people on a packed train
San Francisco police are looking for a gunman who opened fire on a crowded commuter train last week, killing one person and injuring another.
Police received reports of a shooting on a train in San Francisco Muni just before 10 a.m. Thursday as the light rail train moved between stations.
Officers rushed to the city’s Forest Hill Muni station, only to discover that the train had just left.
They were then able to catch up with the commuter train at the busy Castro Street Station, where passengers and the gunman rushed out of the train as soon as it stopped and the doors opened.
The gunman appears to have slipped out with the crowd.
Authorities have now released a photo of a ‘person of interest’ in the case.
San Francisco Police Department released a still image of surveillance footage of a “person of interest” after a shooting aboard a commuter train just before 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
The photos show a black man in a black hoodie and jeans, with white sneakers and a black baseball cap with blue headphones around his neck and a red backpack. Police have not gone so far as to call the man a suspect, but say they want to talk to him instead
“Most people on the train got off the train quickly,” Officer Kathryn Winters said at a subsequent press conference, adding that police were unsure how busy the train or station was at the time of the shooting.
Two victims were discovered at the scene and a 27-year-old man was pronounced dead despite an attempt by firefighters to perform CPR. San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The other victim, a 70-year-old woman, was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center after allegedly being shot in the knee. She is expected to survive.
The shooting is under investigation and on Wednesday evening, the San Francisco police released surveillance camera footage of a “stakeholder” in the case.
It shows a black man in a black hoodie and jeans, with white sneakers and a black baseball cap with blue headphones around his neck and with a red backpack.
Police are now asking “this person to come forward and talk to the detectives.” They have previously described the suspect as a man of unknown race, wearing dark clothing and a hooded jacket.
Anyone with information is also asked to call the San Francisco Police Department tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with “SFPD.” All callers may remain anonymous.
Police cars queue up outside busy Castro Street station on Wednesday morning after reports of a shooting aboard a commuter train
Authorities say they believe the shooting started after the gunman and a 27-year-old deceased victim got into an argument. A 70-year-old woman was also shot in the knee, but is expected to survive
The shooting reportedly came after the gunman and the deceased victim got into a verbal altercation, supervisor Myrna Melgar said.
“The gunman pulled out a gun and shot the man he was arguing with,” Melgar told The Chronicle. “The second victim was not involved in the verbal altercation, but happened to be next to the other victim.”
Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who represents the Castro district, also said the victim and suspect appeared to know each other.
“It’s cold comfort, but it doesn’t seem like this was random,” he said ABC 7† “It wasn’t someone who, you know, got on the train and just started shooting, which would have been even more horrible.
“This was bad enough.”
Witnesses reportedly heard three to four gunshots just as the train was leaving Forest Hill Station, according to Melgar, who urged all commuters who were on the train who witnessed the shooting to contact police immediately.
Meanwhile, authorities tried to assure the public that the shooting does not appear to be related to an upcoming Pride Parade in the area.
Police said in a statement they “want to assure community members and visitors that this incident appears to be isolated, and we do not believe it is related to Pride festivities or targeted any group or community.”
In a press conference, Officer Kathryn Winters tried to assure the public that the shooting does not appear to be related to an upcoming Pride Parade in the area.
The shooting comes just weeks after voters in the Bay Area woke up District Attorney Chesa Boudin to rising crime.
Residents had accused the DA of not doing enough to keep citizens safe and introducing policies that would allow repeat offenders to commit crimes without fear of re-incarceration.
According to the most recent statistics from the San Francisco Police Department, total crime is up 7.4 percent from last year, with thefts up 19 percent and assaults up 12.2 percent over the same time. in 2021.
The crime wave has led to an increase in a particular type of robbery called “smash-and-grabs,” in which thieves brutally raid a store’s shelves, often in broad daylight, often avoiding charges thanks to Boudin’s lax policies.
It has forced shops across the city to close to avoid falling victim to the premeditated – and often coordinated – strikes.
In the end, more than 70,730 of the approximately 118,000 citizens voted against the prosecutor on June 7.
Still, Boudin, 41, remained defiant, blaming the billionaire Republicans and even the city’s police for the loss, in a speech following his defeat.
“The right-wing billionaires spent us three to one,” he said, claiming that the citizens… ‘exploited’ by these groups, saying that they ‘benefited from an environment where people are rightly upset.’
“They created an electoral dynamic where we were literally shadow boxing,” said Boudin, who narrowly won in November 2019 as part of a wave of wakeful prosecutors vowing to seek alternatives to incarceration.
He claimed that the Republican and conservative ‘playbook’ involves delegitimization and the sowing and incitement of fear.
“It’s a tactic used by people who are increasingly unable to win in elections when they express their views on public safety and justice.”
The shooting comes just weeks after voters in the Bay Area ousted prosecutor Chesa Boudin, who remained defiant in a speech following his recall.
Boudin admitted that voters were understandably frustrated by the pandemic, but blamed city officials for failing to ensure security, housing and justice as murders and attacks continue to rise from last year – one of the worst crime years – what the city had seen in decades.
He said on Tuesday: ‘We have two cities. We have two legal systems. †
“We have one for the rich and well-connected and another for everyone else.”
“And that’s exactly what we’re fighting to change.”
He added: “This was never about one vote count. It was never just one game on election night. This is a movement, not a moment in history.’