A 21-year-old man was killed this morning, forcing police to reroute traffic through San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood.
The victim, who has only been identified as a San Francisco resident, was reportedly shot about 8:24 a.m.; numerous residents heard gunfire and called police, Officer Albie Esparza said. When officers arrived at the scene, located at Third Street and Palou Avenue, they found the victim suffering from numerous gunshot wounds.
He was transported to the hospital where he died, Esparza said.
Upon arrival, officers spotted the shooting suspect and chased him down as he attemtped to escape. Police apprehended him, and found a hidden handgun in the wheel well of a car parked on the street. Police recovered the weapon and arrested the 22-year-old San Francisco man at Keith Street and Quesada Avenue.
Police are unsure if the shooting was gang-related, but the investigation is ongoing, Esparza said.
As of 10 a.m. traffic and transportation in the area was impacted, Esparza said. Palou Avenue was shut down in both directions and southbound Third Street was also closed to traffic. Muni service was also interrupted.
The shooting was the city's eighth homicide this year.
Anyone with information on the shooting is encouraged to call police at (415) 575-4444 or by text at TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message. Police will also be canvassing the area for possible video surveillance that may have caught the incident on tape, Esparza said.