Police shot and wounded a suspect in one of the safest neighborhoods in The City, the Marina district, following an altercation at an ATM on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
San Francisco police responded to a physical confrontation at a Bank of America at the corner of Chestnut and Pierce streets shortly after 12:30 p.m., said Police Chief Greg Suhr. An adult male suspect allegedly struck a man on the head with a silver-colored gun and fired several rounds.
Police believe the men were fighting over a bag, which the victim managed to keep when he fled in a blue vehicle with a female driver, Officer Albie Esparza said.
The suspect then reportedly fled eastbound on Toledo Way and hid in a bush at Mallorca and Capra ways. After officers ordered the suspect out several times, he fled northbound on Mallorca Way and allegedly turned the firearm on the officers, several of whom fired shots. The suspect was “hit at least one time,” Suhr said.
“The officers defended themselves,” Suhr said. The unidentified suspect was listed in serious condition at San Francisco General Hospital, where he underwent surgery.
Later in the afternoon authorities located the victim, who was not identified, in the East Bay.
Esparza said such incidents of violence in the Marina district are “very uncommon.”
“Lots of people probably saw what happened. I don't know the last time this happened in the Marina,” he said.
Behind police tape, onlookers observed the scene around the blood-splattered cement by the ATM.
Rebecca Papesh, 60, who lives a block away from the area, recalled a robbery at the bank but defended the neighborhood's safety record.
“It's still the safest neighborhood, I think, in San Francisco,” Papesh said. “But I'm glad I don't go to that ATM.”