Suspect at large after San Francisco Muni shooting that killed 1, injured another

A passenger wears a protective mask while riding a San Francisco MUNI bus during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 06, 2020 in San Francisco, California.
A passenger wears a protective mask while riding a San Francisco MUNI bus during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 06, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Photo credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – San Francisco police continue to investigate Wednesday morning's fatal shooting aboard a Muni train, with no arrests made so far.

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The shooting, which happened on a Muni train car between the Forest Hill and Castro stations, resulted in one death and another person getting injured, as first reported by KNTV.

Supervisor Myrna Melgar, whose district includes the Forest Hill station, said in a release on Wednesday afternoon that the San Francisco Police Department's "preliminary statement" indicated that "the suspect and the victim were in a heated verbal argument."

Police said officers responded to a report of a shooting at Forest Hill Station at 9:56 a.m., catching up with the train at the Castro station where the shooter allegedly escaped.

One victim was taken to a nearby hospital for injuries that were not life threatening, while the other succumbed to their injuries despite medical intervention at the scene, according to an emailed statement from the San Francisco Police Department.

"There could potentially be witnesses out there," said San Francisco Police Officer Kathryn Winters. "We do ask that anyone who was on the train, who may have seen the incident or may have even reported it, or may even have any video footage or photos to please reach out to the San Francisco Police Department."

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency confirmed to KCBS Radio in an emailed statement that there is currently "police activity" at the Castro station. The agency was not able to confirm the details of the incident, only that service had been suspended with bus shuttles dispatched to transport passengers between West Portal and Castro stations.

At 1:38 p.m., the agency tweeted that inbound and outbound service had resumed "normal operation" at the Castro station.

The incident mars what should be a celebratory time for the residents of San Francisco's Castro neighborhood.

"It's Pride week, people are already on edge," said Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, whose district includes the Castro. "There have been horrible incidents around the country and even in the Bay Area, so people are nervous, and I'm sure this doesn't help."

"People should be on alert, if you see things that seem strange, call 911 if it seems appropriate," he said. "Take care of yourself, take care of those around you, pay attention to what's going on."

SFPD assured the public in their statement that "this incident does not appear to be related to Pride festivities or targeting the LGBTQ community."

Melgar that the shooting provided "yet another reason why we need to do more to prevent gun violence."

"There are too many guns out in our society, escalating a verbal argument into a senseless death of a young life," she said.

The incident is being investigated by investigators from the San Francisco Police Department Homicide Bureau.

The suspect, who has not yet been apprehended, is described as a man of unknown race wearing dark clothing and a hooded jacket, according to SFPD.

Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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