SAN FRANCISCO – A shooting that sent schoolchildren and pedestrians running for cover in San Francisco the wounded officer, the suspected shooter, and four others, including a minor, police said.
Police chief Bill Scott said at a press conference that the officers were responding to reports of a man with a gun in the city’s Outer Mission neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon.
Their research led to a nearby business, where Scott said officers made contact with several people … and photos were exchanged.”
An officer and five others were shot, including the gunman who shot at the police.
The officer is in good condition with non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his leg, police and hospital officials said.
Of the four men who were shot, is in critical condition, the other is in serious condition and the other two are in good condition.
San Francisco General Hospital spokesman Brent Andrew declined to release the status of a minor who was hit by gunfire, with an indication of their age.
The police refused to have any further questions about the shooting, which witnesses described as terrifying.
“It was intense, everybody was trying to get away,” Malashia Buckner told The San Francisco Chronicle. “A lot of people and children were running from the scene.”
Another witness, Ed Nasrah, told the Chronicle that he was in the back of the pharmacy with customers when he heard what sounded like at least 20 rounds fired.
“We have shootings before, but never in the daylight or during office hours,” he said. “It was scary, the way it happened.”
Nasrah said the scene was chaotic, with people diving behind cars and crying children. A guy who’d been shot was dragged in the pharmacy, ” he said.
“The guy screamed out from the pain ‘I got shot, I got shot,'” Nasrah said. “Everyone was running and ducking for cover. Two children were screaming out of the hairdresser because they do not know when their father was OK.”