A 5-year-old girl was the unintended victim of a shooting in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, she has been hospitalized with injuries that are not life-threatening.
The girl, who San Francisco police did not publicly identify, was shot at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday while walking north on Third Street near Palou Avenue, the same intersection that was the scene of the controversial shooting death of Seattle parolee Kenneth Harding Jr. in July.
Police said in a statement that the girl was with her father, who also was not identified. The father heard gunshots and then saw his daughter fall to the ground and noticed she’d had been shot in the knee, according to police. She is in stable condition.
Police believe two suspects are involved in the shooting, but no arrests had been made and SFPD did not have suspect information. Police did not say if the incident was gang related, but noted they believe “many people saw and heard” the incident.
According to San Francisco Police Officer Carlos Manfredi, inspectors at the Bayview Station are reviewing a video tape that was given to them to locate potential witnesses. Manfredi did not know where the video came from.
“We’re looking for anything on it,” he said. “Even if we can see the incident.”
Police are asking for anyone with information in this incident to contact the Bayview Investigations team at 415-575-4444 or call the anonymous tip line at 415-822-8147
Harding was sought in a Seattle homicide investigation. He shot himself after shooting at police who were chasing him for evading Muni fare, police said.