Gunman pulls handgun from backpack, shoots teen near Union Square

A 19-year-old man was shot in the hip on Powell Street Friday evening, several blocks in between a busy Market Street and tourist-filled Union Square.

The teenaged victim was with a friend around 6:14 p.m. when they were confronted by a group of five men on Powell Street at O’Farrell Street, police said. One suspect reached into his backpack and pulled out a pistol, shooting the victim.

The suspects then fled the scene while the victim “made his way” to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and then San Francisco General Hospital, police said. He’s expected to survive.

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