Police have arrested two men and are seeking two others that led them on a pursuit into South San Francisco on Tuesday night, Officer Gordon Shyy said. One of the outstanding suspects is believed to have been involved in a shooting in the Bayview earlier Tuesday.
About 6:30 p.m., two men sitting inside a vehicle at Lucy Street and Thornton Avenue were shot by an unknown suspect, police said. The two victims were hospitalized with injuries that were not considered life threatening.
During the course of their investigation, police were able to identify a suspect in the shooting, Shyy said. Later that night about 10 p.m., police saw that suspect in a silver SUV in the area of Hawes Street and Palou Avenue.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but it fled southbound on Highway 101 toward South City, Shyy said. The SUV collided with another vehicle near Highway 101 and Interstate 380, and three of the four occupants - including the suspected shooter - fled the vehicle on foot. The driver was taken into custody at the scene, Shyy said. He was identified as Frenchie Branden, 38, of San Francisco. He was booked on felony charges of evading police, various firearms infractions and narcotics possession.
A second suspect was found later by South San Francisco police hiding in a marsh near Shaw Road, Shyy said. He was identified as Ernest Evans, 21, of San Francisco. Evans was booked on firearm charges and a probation violation.
Multiple firearms were found inside the SUV, Shyy said. The department's canine unit and other agencies are assisting in the search for the outstanding suspects, one of which they believe was involved in the shooting on Lucy Street.
California Highway Patrol was investigating the accident scene. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision suffered only minor injuries, Shyy said.