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San Francisco Embarcadero Shootings: 1 Arrested, 1 Detained in Incident That Injured 6, Reports Say

Written by Annie Gaus and Julie ZigorisPublished Jun. 19, 2023 • 12:07pm
Pedestrians and motorists move along Embarcadero on Monday, near the scene of a car-to-car shooting that injured six on Father's Day. | Julie Zigoris/The Standard

San Francisco police have reportedly arrested one individual and detained another in connection with an Embarcadero shooting incident that left six injured Sunday after two cars drove recklessly and exchanged gunfire along the waterfront.

Police officers responded at roughly 6:48 p.m. Sunday to reports of a shooting near Beach and Stockton streets. The vehicles involved proceeded to drive "very recklessly" south along the Embarcadero and exchanged gunshots, said Police Chief Bill Scott in a briefing late Sunday. 

The vehicles involved were a black SUV and a white sedan, according to police. The incident concluded near Howard Street and The Embarcadero.

Three people were injured by glass shards, and two people were hit by gunfire, Scott said. In addition, two girls, ages 10 and 16, were hit by a vehicle as they were walking their bicycles across the Embarcadero; the younger one was injured. One of the people hit by gunfire suffered life-threatening injuries and the other suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Scott said.

Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who represents the area where the shootings occurred, said he was informed that police arrested one man, who was shot in the chest and in critical condition. A woman whose condition is unclear was also detained, according to Peskin.

Pedestrians and bicyclists cross the street on Monday, near the scene of a car-to-car shooting that left six injured. | Julie Zigoris/The Standard

San Francisco police didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

In social media accounts, witnesses described a terrifying scene in which locals and visitors to the popular waterfront promenade scrambled for cover after hearing gunfire.

“Everyone got onto the ground when they heard the shots," said Daniel Alonso, and operations manager at Hard Rock Cafe. "It happened so fast. People ran to the back, they were in shock."

Perkin Young, who works at Pier 39, was at the California Welcome Center when the shots broke out. Five people were inside and another five ran inside, he said. He pulled the gates down, and everyone hunkered inside for about 10 minutes.

“I didn’t hear the shots, but I knew because I saw people running,” Young said. 

Asked if it’s impacted tourists today or made them worried, Young said no: “Only the people working here know about it.”

Peskin told KRON4, which first reported that two people had been detained, that the individuals detained were both in the black SUV involved in the incident.

Scott described the incident as a "mile of chaos" and lamented that it occurred on Father's Day.

"These are very traumatizing types of events on a beautiful Sunday, Father's Day, [that] we had this type of chaos in our city, and that's unacceptable and that's why we're going to work until we find everybody involved in this," said Scott.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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