Victims of Sunday shooting were Pride vendors 

click to enlarge Two vendors at the Pride celebration at Civic Center Sunday were wounded in a nearby shooting, according to event organizers. - CAMILA BERNAL/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Camila Bernal/Special to The S.F. Examiner
  • Two vendors at the Pride celebration at Civic Center Sunday were wounded in a nearby shooting, according to event organizers.

Two men who were shot near the Pride Parade celebration at Civic Center on Sunday night were vendors at the event, according to the San Francisco Pride Celebration Committee.

The vendors, described only as men ages 23 and 42, had been in the process of closing their booth as the event was winding down about 6:30 p.m. when shots were fired in the area of Larkin and Grove streets, according to reports from organizers and police. Both were wounded in the leg and are expected to survive, Sgt. Dennis Toomer said.

One of the victims underwent surgery this morning at San Francisco General Hospital, while the other was released from the hospital Monday night.

According to police, two suspects approached a group of people in the area and one of them pulled a handgun and fired three times into a crowd. It was not immediately clear who the gunman had intended to shoot. The suspects fled and have not been found.

"Based on the initial report it does not appear the victims were the intended targets," Officer Tracy Turner said. "The case is still under investigation."

The descriptions of the suspects were vague, and police are hoping anyone with information about this incident will come forward, at least anonymously.

"Our hearts go out to them for this terrible incident caused by the unidentified perpetrators," the Pride committee said in a statement. "We are working with SFPD to do all we can to make sure those responsible for the injury and harm to our two vendors are caught."

The shooting was the first of two in the area Sunday night. Shots were fired at Leavenworth and McAllister streets about two hours later, though no one was injured and four suspects were arrested following a police chase that ended in Oakland.

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