Unknown suspect opens fire on man collecting recyclables in the Bayview

Rough times got even rougher for a man trying to collect recyclables in the Bayview district overnight, after police said an unknown suspect walked up to his truck without warning and opened fire, hitting him in the neck.

Police said there was no known motive for the callous attack.

The 49-year-old San Francisco man told police that he had been sitting in the passenger side of his truck with his partner, at the intersection of West Point and Middle Point roads just after midnight, when he heard a loud noise, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

“The victim turned around and saw a muzzle flash from a handgun, and that’s when he realized he had been shot,” Esparza said. One bullet grazed the man’s neck, and another struck the truck. The gunman, described as a black man between 25 and 30 years old, about six feet tall and 180 pounds and wearing black clothing, fled the scene on foot.

The 44-year-old driver “left the scene in a hurry,” hitting a parked car before driving his friend to San Francisco General Hospital, Esparza said.

The victim, who was said to be recovering from his injury, told police he didn’t know who the suspect was, and his friend “was very confused and upset about the incident” and was unable to provide any further information to police, Esparza said.

No arrest was made.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police. The anonymous tip line is (415) 575-4444.

According to Esparza, the intersection of West Point and Middle Point has been the scene of prior shootings and other violence, as well as gang activity.

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