San Francisco police are searching for a man who allegedly shot a teenage victim several times just outside the Westfield Mall in the 800 block of Market Street near Powell Street. The 19-year-old male was allegedly shot several times Sunday evening.
Police say that they responded to a call of a shooting just outside the Westfield Mall around 7:15 pm Sunday evening. According to NBC Bay Area, officers arrived on the scene and found a victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Officer Gordon Shyy said the 19-year-old was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The identify of the victim has not been released at this time, though reports state that he is expected to survive. The suspect who allegedly shot the teenager reportedly fled on foot and remains at large. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, police haven’t released a detailed description of the gunman other than he appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s and was wearing a white T-shirt at the time of the attack.
“The first thing you’re thinking is, ‘Is there going to be more?’ and, ‘Where’s the person who had the gun,’ so it was chaotic,” witness Becky Parks said. “But once I heard the cops coming, I felt a lot better.”
The Inquisitr recently reported on another shooting, this time in the Los Angeles area, that left one made dead. The report stated that the body of a man was spotted inside a black sport utility vehicle on the 4800 block of Telegraph Road in East Los Angeles. According to police, the man was sitting in the driver’s seat and reportedly died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.
“He was parked on the wrong side of the road with the hood up,” said Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Holly Francisco. “So we don’t know if he was having car problems or somebody else was having car problems.” This shooting reportedly marked Los Angeles County’s 38th homicide of 2014.
According to San Francisco Police Department Captain Raj Vaswani, they do not believe Sunday’s shooting was a random act of violence. “And we believe this was targeted, and so, hopefully that assures the public,” said Vaswani.
The shooting did spark the shut down of the Powell Street BART station. Police evacuated the station and shut down the station so they could search for the gunman. After a few hours, police saw no sign of the gunman and reopened the station.
Though the gunman is still at large, police believe the general public is not in danger. They are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident to call the San Francisco Police Department at (415) 553-8090.