Chubby Chihuahua at center of Haight Street shooting dies 

He survived gunfire after a fight between his owner and a local shopkeeper, but Gizmo -- a chubby, pink-sweater-wearing Chihuahua -- was no match for street traffic.

Gizmo ran in to traffic on Masonic Avenue, Friday afternoon following yet another argument his caretakers became involved in, Police Capt. Denis O’Leary said.

He was struck by a vehicle and killed.

Around 1:30 p.m., O’Leary said, police responded to a call of threats being made on Masonic near Page Street. During the investigation many of the street people became involved and the incident escalated.

“It was quite a commotion,” O’Leary said. “The dog ran from it and was struck by a car and killed instantly.”

Two weeks earlier, Gizmo’s owner Michael Stafford, a resident of the Haight neighborhood was allegedly shot by a local shop owner. The argument was allegedly over the dog. The shopkeeper went to stack shelves nearby and “pushed Gizmo aside with his foot,” which angered Stafford.

Since the shooting, Gizmo was in the care of Stafford’s friends. It is not known how Stafford reacted to the news.

Six people were taken in to custody as a result of the fight for battery on a police officer and drunk and disorderly conduct, O’Leary said. One person was taken to the hospital after being hit in the head with a bottle.

Examiner Staff Writer Katie Worth contributed to this report

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