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San Francisco mass shooting: Police detain suspected gang member identified as person of interest

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Javier Campos, 22, is a person of interest in the mass shooting that occurred near the corner of 24th Street and Treat Avenue close to the store Dying Breed in the Mission District in San Francisco on Friday. | Courtesy photo | Source: Courtesy photo

Police have detained an alleged gang member who was sought in connection with a mass shooting that injured nine people in San Francisco, The Standard has learned.

Javier Campos, a 22-year-old suspected Sureño gang member, was identified by police as a person of interest in the drive-by shooting that unfolded around 9 p.m. last Friday near the corner of 24th Street and Treat Avenue.

A police sergeant investigating the shooting notified officers in an internal email Wednesday night that Campos was taken into custody through a joint effort with authorities in Watsonville and Santa Cruz as well as the California Highway Patrol.

A police spokesperson confirmed the development.

"The San Francisco Police Department was part of a multi-jurisdictional effort that took Javier Campos into custody," the spokesperson said. "Campos had several outstanding warrants for his arrest from multiple Bay Area agencies."

The shooting occurred in an area historically controlled by the Norteños, a rival street gang, during a party hosted by the clothing store Dying Breed.

Police were searching for Campos because he was believed to be associated with a Mercedes that was caught on video speeding away from the scene.

He also had a warrant out for his arrest in connection with a homicide in Oakland, police said.

The Oakland warrant appears to be over a gang shootout at a gas station that killed an 18-year-old man and injured six others in January, the Mercury News reported.

The Mission mass shooting struck amid a spate of gun violence in San Francisco. Three people were also shot outside a nightclub near Balboa Park the following night, and a man was fatally shot in the Tenderloin early Tuesday morning, according to police.

At the Police Commission on Wednesday night, SFPD Chief Bill Scott said he did not believe the Mission shooting was connected to the other recent incidents.

"Thankfully, nobody lost their lives in that shooting," Scott said. "But it was a hairy situation."