Police chase down, arrest SoMa shooting suspect

A driver who allegedly opened fire and shot a pedestrian in The City’s South of Market neighborhood Monday afternoon was arrested by San Francisco police.

Just before noon, a man in a car shot at another man walking in a crosswalk at Townsend and Lusk streets, San Francisco police spokesman Sgt. Steve Mannina said. Shortly afterward, police arrested the suspected shooter after a dramatic car and foot chase through the neighborhood.

“[The victim] approached the car as if the person in the car was trying to talk to him,” Mannina said. “That’s when the driver of the car fires and shoots him.”

Witnesses who called police described the suspect as a black man at the wheel of a silver sedan, Mannina said. Shortly after the shooting, field officers spotted the suspect near The Embarcadero. He led them on a car chase, which turned into a foot chase at Mission and New Montgomery streets, Mannina said.

Officers caught up to the man, whose identity has not yet been released, at Jessie Street and Annie Alley. They arrested him and confiscated a gun and car, Mannina said.

The shooting is the fifth daytime shooting from a car this year. On Jan. 11, a noontime car chase ended in gunfire and a collision at the intersection of Polk Street and Broadway.

On April 5, a gunman jumped out of one car and fired into another car on Market Street between Eighth and Ninth streets. On May 10, a man fired an assault weapon into a Dodge Charger on the Fifth Street exit of Interstate 80 in SoMa.

amartin@examiner.com

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