Police are hunting a gunman who shot a bullet into a minivan containing children at the Sunnydale housing projects on Monday.
The bullet struck the passenger door on the driver's side of the minivan, but the man, his wife and three children ages 15, 14 and 6, were not injured in the attack, police at Ingleside Station said Thursday.
The 36-year-old man told police he was driving his family home when a suspect tried to flag his car down in the area of Santos Street and Brookdale Avenue around 1:15 a.m.
The victim kept driving, but as he drove by he heard one gunshot, police said.
“After the victim was out of the area he stopped and checked his car and located a bullet hole,” police said.
Police 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 booked 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," the officer said.
The suspect was described as a black man in his early 30s, about 5-foot-10. He was wearing a black hoodie with the hood over his head, and dark pants, the victims told police.
Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call SFPD's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 to Text-a-Tip to TIP411.