Brother held in South City sister shooting

A distraught man reportedly amped up on methamphetamine was charged with attempted murder after he shot his sister in the hand Sunday while holding the rest of his family hostage at gunpoint, South City police said.

Alvin Baja Luis, 55, of South San Francisco, was arrested early Monday morning in San Francisco and is being held without bail in San Mateo County Jail, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

South San Francisco police were called out to the 500 block of Spruce Avenue around 7:50 p.m. on reports of a man holding his family hostage at gunpoint.

Luis was reportedly upset over a long-running family dispute when he brandished two firearms and threatened his family, cops said.

After Luis allegedly ushered the family into an area of the home, one member of the family attempted to distract him so the rest could escape.

Shortly before 8 p.m., Luis saw his sister attempt to climb through a window. He shot at her and the bullet struck her in the hand, police said. The other members of the family were able to escape the house unharmed, police said.

Luis fled the scene in a white 1993 Mercedes before police arrived. He was later arrested in San Francisco around 1:30 a.m. Monday, police said.

His sister was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for her injury and is expected to make a full recovery, cops said.

Luis was booked on multiple felony charges, including one count of attempted murder, seven counts of false imprisonment and seven counts of making threats, Wagstaffe said.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Redwood City on Tuesday.

Police said Luis, who works as a security officer, is a known drug user and believe he was using methamphetamine during the course of the hostage situation.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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