A shooting on Serrano Drive near the San Francisco State University campus unnerved many on campus Monday night. (Laura Waxmann/S.F. Examiner)

Shooting, power outage lead to tense night on SF State campus

A late-night power outage at San Francisco State University on Monday and fireworks set off in the area heightened tensions on campus just hours after a shooting near the university left a young woman injured.

The shooting, which occurred at a home on Serrano Drive at about 7:11 p.m., left a woman in her 20s with a gunshot wound to her torso, according to police officials, who said Tuesday that she is expected to recover.

The suspect, a man in his 20s who is known to the victim, fled the scene, San Francisco Police Department Spokesperson Sgt. Michael Andraychak said Tuesday, adding that the department is “actively investigating the incident.”

University officials have yet to confirm whether the woman is a student. An email alert informing the campus community about the shooting at about 10 p.m. Monday confirmed that there was no active shooter threat on campus, and that students concerned with their safety could request a police escort.

But some students took to social media to criticize the university for its delayed update.

“SFSU students [please] be safe, someone just got shot on campus near the library/admin building! Be aware of your surrounds, the people are still on the loose,” tweeted a SF State student about an hour after police officers first responded to the incident.

Thirty minutes later, the same user criticized the school for having issued “no formal response” or shutting the campus down.

“We are literally sitting in the classrooms being as quiet as possible,” the student said in a tweet, adding that her friends in a nearby university building “had to lock themselves in a classroom.”

Another student criticized SF State in a tweet as a university that “will call you [three plus] times at 5 a.m. to tell you class is canceled [because of] a power outage” but “will only email you once three hours after a shooting on/around campus.”

On Tuesday morning, an SF State student checking in on friends who live on Serrano Drive said that she heard about the shooting that occured on the street from news reports.

“I feel like, specifically the students that live here, they should be notified multiple times,” said the student, who declined to give her name. “When the power goes out we get so many notifications. Something as big as someone being shot really should be communicated a lot quicker and probably multiple times, not just one email — a lot of people don’t check their email.”

A SF State staff member who declined her name called the email safety alert “a little thin on information.”

“You’d think if there was a shooting, especially across the street from the campus, there’d be more information,” the woman said. “We don’t even know if the victim was a student or not.”

In a statement issued by the university Tuesday afternoon, university spokesperson Mary Kenny confirmed that “three independent events near and on campus may have caused distress among the university community and its neighbors,” but added that there was no immediate danger.

Per the statement, University police collaborated with the SFPD in investigating the shooting, conducting a “thorough sweep of the campus and surrounding area,” leading officers to the conclusion that there were no safety threats on campus.

“University Police continued to monitor campus safety and responded to concerns as they arose,” said Kenny. “The shooting victim is now receiving care and the campus community is in no danger at this time.”

Kenny added that the university experienced a power outage due to “issues experienced by PG&E” at at about 11 p.m. The outage was reported resolved by 1 a.m.

At the time of the outage, fireworks were reported in the area, “which were mistaken for gunshots associated with the shooting that occurred near campus earlier in the evening,” Kenny said.

According to Kenny, campus residents were also informed of the outage though an email alert.

Responding to questions over the limited communication regarding the shooting, Kenny said that SF State “worked as quickly as possible to gather the facts and inform the campus community and community at large of the events of the evening.”


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