Man with Gunshot Wound Flees in Car, Hits Another

Police keep the area closed where the shooting occurred outside of Valencia Gardens on Guerrero.

Police keep the area closed where the shooting occurred outside of Valencia Gardens on Guerrero.

En Español.

UPDATED: 10:30 p.m.

A man was shot in the stomach on Guerrero Street at around 7:30 p.m. on Monday after he confronted a group of people outside of Valencia Gardens and shot into the group, police said.

Someone in the group shot back, wounding the man in the stomach. His car was also hit, police said.

The injured man then fled in his car. UCSF officers noticed him speeding east on 17th Street and running a red light at Folsom Street.

The officers pursued the suspect, who ran several more stops before hitting a car at 20th and Folsom streets.

He then tried to flee on foot, but police detained him and recovered a gun from the vehicle. Police said they also found a gun at Valencia Gardens.

The suspect is at San Francisco General Hospital; his condition is unknown. The driver of the other car was also taken to SF General, where he is being treated for neck pain. He is in stable condition, police said.

Earlier, bystanders told Mission Loc@l that a man standing on the sidewalk in front of Valencia Gardens had shot a gun toward Guerrero. A shop owner said he heard the shots from inside his store and watched as families ran from the scene.

Police closed Guerrero to traffic between 14th and 15th streets for several hours.

15 Comments

  1. marco

    And some developer wants to bring in a halfway house for ex-cons to Albion and 15th St. Uh, I think we have enough trouble in that area already.

  2. Kelly

    There needs to be something done. There are so many problems at Valencia Gardens. I am trying so hard to get the heck out of that neighborhood!

  3. Mission

    The UCSF police notice a crazed driver speeding speeding through a densely populated residential neighborhood. Their response is to engage in a high-speed car chase. In a frantic attempt to avoid arrest, and also possibly to save his own life by getting to the SF General emergency room for the bullet wound in his stomach, the crazed driver speeds up, runs several stop signs, and crashes. I’m not sure that was the best way for the UCSF police to handle the situation. I saw the aftermath of this accident–a smushed car in the intersection at 20th and Folsom, missing its left rear wheel. Halfway down the block, a wheel. At the 20th st. end of the block, another smushed car sitting in the middle of Folsom st. It was a warm day and dozens of people were playing in the playground/soccer park there, waiting for buses, going out to eat, walking and biking home from work. It’s a wonder that the flying car pieces didn’t kill anyone. Some cities have no-chase laws to prevent such mayhem.

  4. TC

    So “mission”, what is your suggestion? Let the gunman go? Hope he shows up at the hospital and get him there? If you don’t have an alternative then STFU.

  5. mission

    Hi TC, I considered taking your advice to “STFU,” but decided instead to refer to this USA Today article, “Deaths lead police to question high-speed chase policies.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-04-22-police-chase-deaths_N.htm

    Apparently, many police departments have already considered alternatives to high-speed police chases. From the article” “… the nation’s 17,000 police departments are moving toward more restrictive chase policies…” I think the police know better than I do, so I’ll leave it to them to propose realistic alternatives. I agree that chasing a violent perpetrator could be justified in some cases, such as a criminal with a hostage, or a person on a killing spree, because it could cause less harm than not chasing them. But when a perpetrator shoots at a specific person, which it sounds like is what happened yesterday, they usually don’t run around town shooting everyone. If they’re wounded, they do often end up in emergency rooms, because although they may be killers, they don’t want to die anymore than anyone else does. So, waiting for them to get themselves caught could be more reasonable, though less satisfying, than chasing them around the city. The chase yesterday seems justified in hindsight, since they caught the alleged gunman while wounding only one innocent person. But what if the runaway wheel, careening car bodies, and flying debris had hit a full 12-Folsom Muni bus or flown through the plate-glass window of Schmidt’s restaurant? What if it killed, for example, a bicyclist, a Muni passenger, a restaurant worker, a person sitting in their living room, a soccer player, and/or a mom and her child. Then in hindsight it would seem reckless and unjustified.

    Here’s another quote from the USA today article:

    “”These police chases through our streets are killing innocent people,” says Candy Priano of Chico, Calif., executive director of the non-profit group Voices Insisting on Pursuit Safety, which she founded in 2002 after her daughter, Kristie, 15, was killed as a bystander in a police chase.

    Michigan state Rep. Bert Johnson, a Detroit Democrat, is pushing to place restrictions on chases, including the conditions under which they can occur and the number of police vehicles that can participate. “We see high-speed pursuits as a bullet with four wheels,” says Ron Scott, spokesman for the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, which supports the legislation.”

    • TC

      Hi Mission, you still haven’t provided any alternatives to high speed chases. Criminals do not care about you, me, the Mission, the community and more often than not they don’t care about their own family. Criminals care ONLY about two things; THEMSELVES and NOT GETTING CAUGHT.

      Criminals may be dumb, but they’re not stupid, they learn fast and they network like crazy. They all know how to work the system and if they can exceed a certain speed in order to force a cop car to back off they’ll gladly do it.

      I’d like to think that more robust policing and a better police presence (foot patrols) would prevent this kind of thing from happening but considering the Mission Police Station is less than a half mile away from Valencia Gardens it’s unlikely.

  6. SF resident

    I was there. “Mission” the “high speed chase” wasnt really a chase. The cop didnt get behind the guy until after he stopped and had already crashed into the other car. My guess is the shooter didnt even see the cop. My question is why didnt the cop shoot the guy, an armed fleeing felon? “Mission” sounds like your either a friend of his or a convict your self.

  7. Mission Man 415

    TC, I completely agree with you. Kudos to the UCSF Police Officer who was doing his job and protecting public safety. I am sure that officer saved many others from being hurt or possibly killed. “SF Resident”, get a hold of yourself and realize SFPD and UCSF PD have a job to do- protect the good citizens of San Francisco (not all, but most). If your family member was injured or killed and the suspect was fleeing, you would want the National Guard and CIA called in to assist with the search for the felon! Get a clue, “SF Resident”! I am a high school math teacher and completely support the men and women in blue… It makes me wonder why you don’t like them…

  8. Rick

    Gentrify the Mission! I have no desire to preserve the gang-style culture.

    • randolph mortimer

      get ready for the accusations that you’re a racist (i am not making that accusation in any way however).

    • missionite

      then dont perserve it get the hell out and let the people who grew up there flourish in their ways. The mission is a hot spot because of the people who were orginially there made it a happenin place. then everyone else just jumped on the wagon and now its a hipster hangout. go back where you came from

  9. chente121

    gentrify the mission with the cholo style as it once was years ago. I received more support, positive love than the people moving in today, who look at me like a 2nd class citizen!

    • missionite

      foreal people who move in act like we are in their way…HELLO THIS WAS MY HOME BEFORE YOU MADE IT YOUR HANGOUT

      • CRIPSFM

        I’VE BEEN TRYIN TO TELL SOMEBODY,I DON’T SEE THE COPS ….. WITH SOME GRINGO WHILE HE’S PISSIN ON A BUILDING, SOMEBODIES HOME, OR EVEN ST. PETER’S(I WOULDN’T PUT IT PAST THEM) WHILE THEY ARE WASTED, FIGHTING IN FRONT OF WHAT USE TO BE POPS, AND EVEN WORSE WHY …….DO THEY BRING THEIR DOGS IN THE RESTURANTS, UNLESS YOU NEED YOUR DOG BECAUSE YOUR BLIND LEAVE IT AT HOME OR OUTSIDE!!!!!!!!!!!THEY THINK THAT JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE PRIVILEDGED THEY DON’T HAVE TO RESPECT OTHERS…………

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