Nesta Bowen, 27, was killed after being shot Wednesday morning on a Muni train moving between Forest Hill and Castro stations, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Bowen and another man had been in a verbal argument, according to District 7 Supervisor Myrna Melgar, who tweeted about the incident and released a press statement with information she received from the San Francisco Police Department on Wednesday. Three or four gunshots were heard by witnesses as the train left the station, Melgar said, and a 70-year-old bystander was hit in the knee.
When the train arrived at Castro station, the shooter apparently fled before police arrived. The bystander was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, but Bowen was declared dead at the scene.
The Medical Examiner could not confirm Bowen’s residence but he appears to have been a San Francisco resident, according to records.
About 12 hours after the shooting, the SFPD released images of a “person of interest,” requesting that the person or anyone with information about them come forward.
“There are too many guns out in our society, escalating a verbal argument into a senseless death of a young life,” Melgar said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the SFPD, officers responded to the Forest Hill Muni station at 9:56 a.m. following reports of a shooting at 9:54 a.m. When they arrived, the train had already left the station.
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