Police are hunting for a man who fired one shot into a minivan containing children at the Sunnydale housing projects Monday.
The bullet struck the passenger door on the driver’s side of the minivan, but the driver, his wife and three children ages 15, 14 and 6 were not injured, officers at the Ingleside Police Station said Thursday.
The 36-year-old man told police he was driving his family home when someone tried to flag his car down in the area of Santos Street and Brookdale Avenue around 1:15 a.m.
The man kept driving, but as he drove by he heard a gunshot, police said.
“After the victim was out of the area he stopped and checked his car and located a bullet hole,” police said.
Officers said the gunman was likely attempting to rob the family.
“My guess is ... he was going to jack him,” an officer said. “Dad did what any smart dad would do [by driving off].”
The cop snapped photos of the bullet hole and will use them as evidence, police said. The Nissan Quest minivan was towed so police could extract the bullet.
In the initial police report, cops had difficulty locating where the bullet went. There was a dent in a rear passenger seat, which appeared to be in the path of the bullet, police said.
Investigators thought “the bullet either fragmented or is still inside the body of the car,” an officer said.
The suspect was described as a black man in his early 30s, about 5-foot-10. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, with the hood over his head, and dark pants, the victims told police.
Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or use Text-a-Tip at TIP411.