ARRESTED-South San Francisco police today are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who allegedly shot and critically injured a fellow gang member early Saturday morning. The shooting was reported in the 500 block of Linden Avenue shortly before 2 a.m., South San Francisco police Sgt. Joni Lee said. The 28-year-old victim, a suspected Norteno gang member, was drinking with two or three other alleged gang members in a parking lot when the suspect, 23-year-old Ariel Francisco Cabeza, allegedly drove up to the group and began arguing with the victim, according to Lee. Cabeza then allegedly shot the victim in the head. The bullet exited on the left side and police recovered it at the scene, Lee said. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he underwent surgery and remains in critical condition today. Witnesses at the scene provided a description of Cabeza. Police learned he drives a four-door silver 1990 Lincoln Town Car with California license plate No. 6APP435. He has a small tear-shaped tattoo beside his left eye, a tattoo of four dots on his elbow to symbolize his gang affiliation and a tattoo on his chest, according to Lee. Lee said gang-related crime in South San Francisco spiked in the 1980s but dropped in the 1990s. Gang-related crime has begun to rise again this decade, Lee said.
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