Three suspects in a shooting in San Francisco’s Mission District early this morning were arrested after injuring a police officer while trying to flee, a police spokesman said. Larry Carr, 34, Jason Whittenburg, 30, and George Vickers, 33, were arrested following the shooting, which happened at about 3:50 a.m. on Mission Street near 16th Street, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.
The suspects drove up to the victims, tried to rob them, and then shot them, Shyy said. One of the victims, a 46-year-old man, was shot in the torso and suffered life-threatening injuries, Shyy said. The other two, who are 40 and 47 years old, were shot in the leg and are expected to survive. The suspects fled in a black Mercedes station wagon that officers later spotted in the Bayview District near Third Street and Gilman Avenue, Shyy said.
A pursuit ensued that ended at Cameron and Nichols ways, where the suspect vehicle crashed into parked cars, then backed into a patrol car, injuring an officer. The officer was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, Shyy said. The trio was detained, and the gun believed to have been used in the shooting was found on the street on Fitzgerald Avenue.
Two of the suspects were briefly hospitalized with injuries from the collision but were later arrested, according to Shyy. Carr, Whittenburg and Vickers were each booked on multiple felonies, including attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of an illegal firearm and evading police. Investigators are also looking into whether they may have been responsible for other recent robberies, Shyy said.
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