Police say merchant shot man on Haight Street over victim’s Chihuahua 

Police say a Haight Street merchant shot and critically injured a man in front of his store Wednesday during a dispute over the victim’s Chihuahua.

Cops patrolling the busy neighborhood rushed toward the sound of gunshots and found the victim lying in front of Fred’s New Lite Supermarket at 1416 Haight St., which is near the intersection of Masonic Avenue, police said.

The victim suffered a gunshot wound to his back and was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where he is undergoing surgery, police said.

The shopkeeper was arrested and the gun seized, according to Park Station police Capt. Denis O’Leary.

The shooting reportedly came after an argument involving the victim’s chubby Chihuahua named Gizmo, who was dressed in a pink shirt. The shopkeeper may have kicked the dog, sparking the argument, police said.

The investigation is ongoing.

maldax@sfexaminer.com, kworth@sfexaminer.com

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