Gunfire, arrests erupt in SF but chaos less intense than after 2012 World Series

AP Photo/Noah BergerA man jumps over a burning couch in the Mission district after the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals to win the World Series on Wednesday

The celebration in San Francisco’s streets following the Giants’ World Series victory turned raucous and violent, with two people shot, two stabbed and 40 arrested, as revelers vandalized police cars and businesses and pelted officers with bottles.

However, the good news is that it went better than 2012, the last time the Giants won the World Series.

“We did far better in the way of any damage to property and any multiple fires or fires being allowed to go longer,” Police Chief Greg Suhr said Thursday.

In 2012, police were caught off guard by the massive crowds that gathered around The City after the Giants finished off a sweep of the Detroit Tigers in Detroit. In perhaps the most visible scene of the mayhem, a Muni bus was destroyed and eventually lit on fire on Market Street in downtown.

Still, this year’s revelry was not without its moments.

“I can tell you I have been in these situations many, many times,” Suhr said. “There were as many bottles thrown at police officers [as in 2012] and it is disgraceful. We’re fans and we’re out there doing our jobs and somebody can get seriously injured or killed.

“And these people throwing the bottles, they’re not on the Giants — they don’t have the best aim and so they can hit other people too. It’s beyond uncool.”

At first, the partying unfolded peacefully Wednesday night with fans gathering in the streets and uncorking sparkling wine, dancing and hugging strangers after their team won its third championship in five years with a 3-2 victory over Kansas City in the winner-take-all seventh game.

But in some areas, the atmosphere grew rowdier as the night wore on. Fans climbed onto buses and sprayed graffiti on the windows of businesses. Nine police cars were damaged, Suhr said.

“I was very disappointed in the people who took away from the celebration,” he said.

Most of the 40 arrests were for public drunkenness, Suhr said. He said three officers were treated at the hospital for injuries they sustained when they were hit by bottles.

Violence left four people injured in separate incidents, but it was not known if the shootings and stabbings were linked to World Series revelry, police said.

Authorities said a 54-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were stabbed in separate incidents in the Mission district late Wednesday and early Thursday, respectively. Both were expected to live.

A 19-year-old man was shot in the arm in the same neighborhood Wednesday, and another person walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound, police said. They are also expected to survive.

No arrests in those incident have been reported.

The wild street scenes lasted into the early hours Thursday. Shyy said crowds were still in the streets in some areas and stoking bonfires shortly after midnight. But by early Thursday morning, he said crowds had dispersed.

Earlier in the night in Civic Center Plaza at City Hall, where the exterior lights had been glowing Giants orange all week, more than 9,000 people gathered. The city set up a Jumbotron for viewing the game and a vendor sold hot dogs — but no beer.

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