Amid a welter of confusing accounts, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said last night that the two men shot by an SFPD officer early Sunday remain hospitalized – one in stable condition and the other in serious condition and sedated.
At around 2 a.m. that Sunday morning, two groups of people confronted each other near 17th and Valencia streets after some of them had left the Elbo Room bar, police said.
A 20-year-old San Francisco man allegedly pulled out a replica gun and pointed it at one of the groups. An unidentified witness reportedly ran to the Mission police station across the street to tell officers that there was a fight and someone had a gun.
In “less than 30 seconds,” Suhr said, two officers arrived on the scene. One officer told the man with the replica firearm to drop it. When he did not comply, police said, the officer fired three times, injuring him and another man, identified as a Daly City resident in his early 20s.
Witnesses have presented conflicting accounts of the escalation, police said, and many questions remain unanswered.
It is not yet known whether the incident was gang-related, police said, or whether the second injured man was involved in the altercation between the groups. Police have not said whether the man with the replica gun was intoxicated. The replica is air-powered, officers said, and is still being tested to determine whether it is functional. Police have not yet questioned the man who had the replica gun because he remains sedated.