(Courtesy SFPD)

SFPD arrests suspected shooter who opened fire while wearing Santa Claus hat

Police arrested a 27-year-old man Thursday suspected of shooting a handgun in the Tenderloin while wearing a Santa Claus hat on Christmas Day.

San Francisco police arrested Xavier Watson, of Fairfield, in connection with the 8 a.m. shooting at Eddy and Mason streets.

Surveillance footage from the San Francisco Police Department shows the shooter fired at a black car as it sped away on Eddy Street.

SFPD Narcotics Unit officers arrested Watson on Third Street and La Salle Avenue.

Police booked Watson on suspicion of multiple felony charges including willful discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, assault with a firearm on a person, transportation for sale of a narcotic or controlled substance and possession of cocaine for sale.

Police identified the victim of the shooting, a 35-year-old man, and said he was not injured.


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