Two people wounded by police gunfire in San Francisco’s Mission District early this morning remain hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, police said. Police released little new information about the incident, but said that one of the two people shot by police was holding an air-powered firearm at the time of the shooting, San Francisco police Officer Gordon Shyy said in an email.
“Further testing has to be done by SFPD to determine what type of projectile it discharges and if this specific weapon was in operable condition,” Shyy said. San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr will hold a community meeting about the shooting later this week, Shyy said.
The incident started at about 2 a.m., when two groups of people apparently got involved in a confrontation outside of a bar near 17th and Valencia streets, Shyy said. When one person pulled out what appeared to be a firearm, witnesses went to a nearby police station to report the fight, Shyy said. Two responding officers saw the individual aiming the firearm at a group of people and opened fire, wounding the suspect and one other person, Shyy said.
Both gunshot victims were transported to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries. Investigators retrieved the suspect’s air-powered firearm from the scene. Both involved officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending a full investigation.
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