Triple shooting interrupts party at waterfront eatery

A birthday dinner at Sinbad’s restaurant near the Ferry Building ended in gunfire that wounded three people, including a 12-year-old girl.

The shooting happened just after 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant that sits on the water next to the Ferry Building on Pier 2. The eatery is known for seafood and its view of the Bay.

The event included about 25 kids, according to restaurant staff, who called it the type of gathering in which parents drop off their teens and pick them up later. The shooter was apparently an uninvited guest to the birthday part, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

The intruder fired both inside and outside the restaurant, shattering three windows in wall-to-wall glass enclosure covering an outdoor eating area, according to restaurant staff and police officials. The two skylights and the sliding glass door that were damaged by the bullets are several feet away from one another.

Two girls, age 12 and 15, and one man, age 19, were wounded by the gunfire, according to police Sgt. Wilfred Williams. The three were taken to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries that were called non-life threatening, he said.

Police did detain four people after the shooting, according to Williams, though only one person has been arrested in connection with the shooting.

It remained unclear Sunday whether the person arrested — described by police only as a man — for suspicion of being in possession of a gun was the person who fired any of the shots at Sinbad’s restaurant.

The cleanup of the restaurant was ongoing Sunday morning, with workers taking four hours to replace two of the windows and board up the third. The main portion of the restaurant was open during the repairs.

Hotel workers across the street at Hotel Vitale said many of their guests on the second floor that night watched the commotion — police cars and fire trucks blocking off the area — but all they knew was that shots were fired at a birthday party.

Williams said police are still investigating several aspects, including the possibility that it was gang-related.

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