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UPDATE: Police say suspect in active shooting near St. Luke’s Hospital is dead

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San Francisco police respond to reports of an active shooter near St. Luke’s Hospital on Wednesday evening. Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner
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UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: A man in his late 20s is dead after allegedly climbing a construction site and firing gunshots near St. Luke’s Hospital in the Mission, the San Francisco Police Department said.

Officers responded to the incident at 3555 Cesar Chavez St. at about 4 p.m., police said.

Chief Greg Suhr told reporters the suspect, whose identity has not been released, drove to San Bruno on Wednesday and robbed a Big 5 sporting goods store. During the robbery the suspect allegedly stole a shotgun.

The suspect then drove to the area near St. Luke’s Hospital in The City, Suhr said. He got out of vehicle and walked up stairs at the construction site adjacent to the hospital. Carrying the shotgun, the man allegedly walked on top of an elevator and opened fire toward the direction of the hospital. Police said it’s unclear whether the hospital was hit by gunfire.

Officers responded to the scene and opened fire upon the suspect, although it has yet to be determined whether the suspect was struck. Suhr said the suspect was later pronounced dead. The City’s Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

“He appeared to be firing at the officers [who] arrived at the scene,” Suhr said. “We have no idea why he did what he did.”

Supervisor David Campos, who represents the Mission district where the hospital is located, told the San Francisco Examiner from outside the police perimeter at the scene that the situation appeared was quelled at 5:20 p.m.

“When I first heard about it and rushed over, they told me I couldn’t go to the scene because it was still an active scene,” Campos said. “It seems they were able to neutralize this individual, and I was pretty horrified. Imagine getting a call from your chief of staff that her daughter and dance class are in lockdown because of an active shooter, in your district, in your neighborhood.”

A screengrab of a construction site webcam shows the SFPD taking aim.

A screengrab of a construction site webcam shows the SFPD taking aim.

Joanne Annuzzi, a supervisor at the Salvation Army Family Store located about a block away from the hospital at 1501 Valencia St., said she and other employees and customers heard “a lot of shooting” beginning at about 4:30 p.m.

“What I had seen was a guy in a car speeding up, he was going crazy,” Annuzzi said when reached by phone. “Now we heard another gunshot, so I don’t know what’s going on. We cannot let anybody out of the store.”

She and about 20 other people stayed inside the store. “We are all okay, but everyone here is pretty freaked out,” she said.

Annuzzi estimated that dozens of police cars had arrived at St. Luke’s Hospital by 4:50 p.m.
Another witness, Katherine Ives, said she was walking to her job as a specialist at St. Luke’s Hospital at about 4:30 p.m. when police stopped her at Guerrero and 27th streets.

“The police themselves squatted behind their police car and said, ‘Get down, get down,’” Ives said.
Ives said she took off running and hid behind a stairwell. When she called a colleague at the hospital, she learned it was on lockdown but not that nobody inside was injured and that the suspect reportedly never entered the building.

Alejandra Martinez, 15, was driving home along Guerrero Street with her mother when they heard what sounded like two explosions and saw police closing the streets. She looked up at the hospital roof and saw two people who appeared to be police atop a construction crane.

“I saw two people on top of the roof,” she said. “I think they were snipers.”
Examiner reporters Laura Dudnick and Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, and Bay City News contributed to this report.

4:30 p.m.

Emergency officials are urging the public to avoid the area of St. Luke’s Hospital where an active shooter was reported late Wednesday afternoon.

San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said shortly after 5 p.m. that the suspected active shooter had been “neutralized,” and later confirmed that the suspect is dead. He said a SWAT team has been called to the area where the hospital is located at 3555 Cesar Chavez St., and police have shut down streets nearby.

No other injuries were reported, Police Chief Greg Suhr said.

The suspect is believed to have robbed a Big 5 sporting goods store in San Bruno prior to the shooting. He was ultimately shot and killed by three officers at a construction site near the hospital, Suhr said.

Supervisor David Campos, who represents the Mission district where the hospital is located, responded to the scene Wednesday evening.

“When I first heard about it and rushed over, they told me I couldn’t go to the scene because it was still an active scene,” Campos said. “It seems they were able to neutralize this individual, and I was pretty horrified. Imagine getting a call from your chief of staff that her daughter and dance class are in lockdown because of an active shooter, in your district, in your neighborhood.”

Joanne Annuzzi, a supervisor at the Salvation Army Family Store located about a block away from the hospital at 1501 Valencia St., said she and other employees and customers heard “a lot of shooting” beginning at about 4:30 p.m.

“What I had seen was a guy in a car speeding up, he was going crazy,” Annuzzi said when reached by phone. “Now we heard another gunshot, so I don’t know what’s going on. We cannot let anybody out of the store.”

She said she and about 20 other people have sheltered in place inside the store.

“We are all okay, but everyone here is pretty freaked out,” she said.

Annuzzi estimated that dozens of police cars had arrived at St. Luke’s Hospital by 4:50 p.m.

Another witness, Katherine Ives, said she was walking to her job as a specialist at St. Luke’s Hospital at about 4:30 p.m. when police stopped her at Guerrero and 27th streets.

“The police themselves squatted behind their police car and said, ‘Get down, get down,'” Ives said.

Ives said she took off running and hid behind a stairwell. When she called a colleague at the hospital, she learned it was on lockdown but not that nobody inside was injured and that the suspect reportedly never entered the building.

Alejandra Martinez, 15, was driving home along Guerrero Street with her mother when they heard what sounded like two explosions and saw police closing the streets. She looked up at the hospital roof and saw two people who appeared to be police atop a construction crane.

 
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Police react to an active shooter situation in the Mission District (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)




A construction webcam shows SFPD on roof, taking aim at the shooter.

A construction webcam shows SFPD on roof, taking aim at the shooter.

“I saw two people on top of the roof,” she said. “I think they were snipers.”

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