San Francisco police continue to investigate the shooting of seven people in the Tenderloin on Sunday night.
Early reports said the shooting might have been a drive-by but police said Monday that suspect was reportedly involved in an argument with the victims before the shooting.
After arguing with the victims in the unit block of Turk Street about 8:52 p.m., the suspect walked to a car parked nearby at the corner of Turk and Taylor streets and removed a handgun and started firing into the crowd, police said.
Witnesses reported that the argument among the group of people occurred during an apparent dice game, according to Sgt. Danielle Newman.
“The guy got out and started shooting. The people started running, they all scattered. I saw people falling,” witness Robert Carroll told KGO (Ch. 7).
Seven victims were struck and the suspect then got into the passenger side of the vehicle, described as a silver sedan, and fled the scene westbound on Turk Street.
The victims were treated at the hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening and released early Monday, police said.
“We are very lucky that with so many people struck that we are not investigating a homicide,” Newman said. “The shooting was completely unjustified.”
No arrest has been made and as of Monday evening there was no detailed description of the suspect.
Police spent Monday searching for witnesses and any surveillance camera footage from area businesses that might help with their investigation, Newman said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.