Tenderloin shooting caught on tape

Footage from security cameras at Tenderloin businesses could lead to arrests in a nonfatal shooting in the neighborhood Tuesday night, police said.

The suspected gang altercation near the intersection of Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street about 8 p.m. Tuesday night left one person with injuries from a gunshot that were not life-threatening, said Capt. Gary Jimenez of the Tenderloin Police Station.

Three security cameras on businesses, however, were pointed toward the intersection, Jimenez said.

“We believe an arrest is imminent due to the cameras,” he said. “And hopefully the quality of the tape will lead to a prosecution.”

Due to the ongoing investigation of the case, Jimenez would not reveal detailed descriptions about the suspects or the victims.

He said the Police Department’s Gang Task Force is looking into the case. The victim and/or the suspect are believed to be part of a gang, Jimenez said.

The crime is the latest example in which police officers in the Tenderloin are benefitting from a recent influx of private cameras in the area, Jimenez said.

“It seems like we have these cameras all over the place,” Jimenez said. “They’ve actually captured a lot of the incidents in the neighborhood recently.”

The recent spate of takeover robberies in the East Bay has had a big effect on the neighborhood businesses’ move to install security cameras, said Michael Nulty of the Tenderloin Community Benefit District.

“We’re a transportation hub here in the Tenderloin,” Nulty said. “Those criminals from the East Bay could easily hop on BART and commit the same crimes here. People here are well aware of that and they want to be prepared.”

Jimenez said it usually takes a few days for the station’s officers to download images from a private camera, but once it’s in the possession of the police, the footage caught on tape has been a valuable tool in documenting evidence.

The station has also beefed up the number of patrol officers in the Tenderloin, said Jimenez, who credited police Chief Heather Fong for advocating the additional enforcement.

Jimenez said the results are starting to show in the neighborhood known for its drug and crime problems.

“We just took 20 guns off the street,” Jimenez said. “We have cops all over the place. People are still committing these crimes, but we’re right there following up with arrests.”

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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