The man who allegedly climbed a building site near a Mission hospital Wednesday afternoon and opened fire with a stolen shotgun before he was killed by police has been identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office as Javier Lopez Garcia, 25, of San Jose.
The Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death and Garcia’s family has been notified.
Garcia allegedly fired the shotgun from atop an elevator at a construction site around 4:15 p.m., aiming his weapon at St. Luke’s Hospital and lowering it toward responding officers at the intersection of San Jose and 27th streets, police said.
Three officers fired their guns toward the shooter. It’s unclear if their rounds killed the man or if he was later shot dead by police.
Besides Garcia’s death, no injuries were reported. The hospital, which is adjacent to the construction site, was not struck by gunfire.
Garcia is suspected of robbing a Big 5 Sporting Goods store in San Bruno with a handgun before driving to the construction site next to St. Luke’s. He is believed to have stolen the shotgun and ammunition later used in the shooting from the store.
San Bruno police said the armed robbery at 855 El Camino Real happened around 3:51 p.m. The suspect, who was wearing white overalls and a black sweatshirt, matched the description of the shooter near St. Luke’s, authorities said.
San Francisco police later recovered the suspect’s vehicle near the construction site.
The video below is of the robbery in San Bruno, courtesy the San Bruno Police Department.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr speaks to media after an active shooter situation in the Mission District (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
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