UPDATE: Suspected shooter near St. Luke’s was suicidal, police say

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

The suspected shooter killed by San Francisco police at a construction site next to St. Luke’s Hospital midday Wednesday was reportedly suicidal, San Bruno police said Thursday.

San Francisco police have not called the fatal shooting of Javier Lopez Garcia, 25, of San Jose, a suicide by cop. But, prior to his death, Garcia reportedly told employees at the San Bruno sporting goods store he’s suspected of robbing that he was suicidal, San Bruno police said.

San Bruno police released surveillance footage Thursday of the armed robbery reported Wednesday at Big 5 Sporting Goods. The suspected robber wore white overalls and a black sweatshirt underneath — the same attire as the St. Luke’s gunman.

The footage appears to show Garcia waving a pistol around as he talks with store employees, reportedly telling them he was suicidal. Police said he handed over a note that demanded a shotgun.

After the San Bruno robbery, Garcia drove to The City, where he allegedly perched six stories above the ground at a construction site with a stolen shotgun, pointing the weapon at the Mission district hospital and then at responding officers down below.

The three officers who pulled up to the construction site around 4:15 p.m. — about half an hour after the armed robbery in San Bruno — shot him dead, police said. No other injuries were reported.

Police cordoned off the immediate blocks around St. Luke’s for several hours after, placing the hospital on lockdown while officers secured the construction site. Tactical police responded and could be seen with guns pointed on the roof of the building site.

Garcia’s vehicle was later recovered by police near the construction site, police said.


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