Police shot two bystanders while pursuing a suspect who was wielding a firearm in a troublesome North Beach area early Saturday morning.
Neither of the bystanders sustained life-threatening injuries, police said. A police source said the woman who was injured was released from San Francisco General Hospital on Saturday morning and the man was expected to follow suit later in the day.
Police took suspect Jesus Paredes Rodriguez, a 20-year-old San Pablo resident, into custody on assault and weapons charges following the shooting, which took place shortly after 2 a.m.
A police source said officers, who were on foot patrol, approached Rodriguez after seeing him in possession of marijuana following a narcotics transaction on the 400 block of Broadway, a street lined with strip clubs and nightlife hot spots. The source said they had also recognized him from a wanted sign hanging in the police station.
But Rodriguez fled as soon as police approached him; he then pulled an automatic pistol out of his waistband and pointed it at police, cops said.
The source said police fired a single shot that struck the thigh of a male bystander who was standing in a parking lot. A female bystander was also hit, possibly by the same bullet.
Rodriguez did not fire his weapon, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said. Police caught Rodriguez shortly after; his pistol was fully loaded, police said. There were 21 rounds in the machine pistol.
Dangerfield said the officers involved in the incident have been put on administrative leave for 10 days and an investigation is being conducted to determine whether protocol was followed.
“We don’t know the circumstances. It’s still very early in the investigation,” he said. “We can’t speculate at this point how many people were around.”
Supreet Chahal, who recently moved into an apartment half a block off Broadway, said she is disturbed by late-night rowdiness in her new neighborhood.
“It was a reality check. Usually we avoid this area on Fridays and Saturdays,” she said. “It’s insane. I would never go out around here.”
Jerry McDaniel, who works at a nearby strip club, said the nightlife attracts too much unruly behavior on weekends.
“You get a lot of people coming here from different areas; they come here to meet up and fight,” he said. “The police should show more of a presence on this block.
Police said a community meeting will be held Monday at Jean Parker Elementary School, 840 Broadway, at 6:30 p.m.