An argument on a Muni bus in Visitacion Valley erupted into a broad-daylight shooting that critically injured a teenager on Monday, police said.
Police are hunting for a vicious thug who opened fire from a 9-San Bruno bus, pumping three to four shots into the torso of a 17-year-old who had just exited the vehicle out the back door.
Cops were called to the scene at 1:37 p.m. and found the wounded teen in the unit block of Garrison Avenue, police Officer Carlos Manfredi said. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.
According to witnesses, police said, the suspect boarded the bus at Garrison Avenue and Rey Street and got into an argument with the 17-year-old. The victim exited the bus, and the suspect chased after him, brandishing a gun and opening fire from the bottom step of the back doors, Manfredi said.
The suspect fled the area and was last seen running northbound on Garrison Avenue. San Francisco’s gang task force is handling the case, Manfredi said, and is reviewing video surveillance captured by a bus security camera.
There were other passengers on the bus, but it wasn't immediately clear how many, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said Tuesday.
Police are seeking the public’s help in locating the shooter, who is described as a black man between ages 20 and 25, standing about 5-feet-11, weighing about 170 pounds, with short-cropped hair and a small mustache. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a white t-shirt and sagging light blue jeans, Manfredi said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Gang Task Force (415) 553-1401. The SFPD’s Anonymous Tip Line is also an option at (415) 575-4444, or Text-a-Tip, TIP411.