Police: Store owner who shot alleged thief in idling car had been victimized repeatedly
A vigilante businessman shot a woman he suspected of burglarizing his clothing store in the Bayview on Wednesday.
The owner of the unidentified store has had problems with people coming into his store and stealing his merchandise, San Francisco police spokesman Sgt. Steve Mannina said Wednesday.
About 12:45 p.m., Mannina said, two young men and three young women walked into the store. The two men talked to the owner at the counter, while the women went to the back of the store’s sales floor.
“When they all leave the store, the owner walks to the back of the store and sees a bunch of empty shoe boxes,” Mannina said.
The store owner then allegedly ran to the counter and grabbed a handgun, Mannina said. He ran outside, where the men were standing on the sidewalk in front of the store, near an idling car in which two of the women were sitting.
The store owner allegedly fired through the car’s rear window, hitting the woman in the driver’s seat. Mannina did not say how many times the man fired but said reports at the scene indicated at least two holes through the rear windshield.
After the shots rang out, the car pulled away, but police stopped it a short time later for erratic driving. The officer who pulled the car over quickly noticed the woman driving had been shot and called an ambulance for her, Mannina said.
The woman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The store owner was arrested and booked into San Francisco County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.