Police seek info on cop shooter 

Police are asking for the public’s help to catch a shooter who injured a San Francisco police officer early Saturday morning outside a Mission district nightclub that has since had its entertainment license suspended.

A bullet struck a five-year SFPD veteran in the foot while he and two rookie cops responded to a fight involving dozens of women outside El Rincon at 2700 16th St., according to police Lt. Lyn Tomioka. The officer left the hospital Monday.

Officers detained two men near the club, but they were released, Tomioka said. A green Chevy Camaro was seen leaving the area. Police arrested another man near the club on a parole hold, but they don’t believe he’s connected to the shooting.

The shots came from 16th and Florida streets, about a block away from where police found several shell casings, Tomioka said. The shooter fired into a crowd of about 50 people, with only the officer sustaining injuries.

“It is extremely lucky that there weren’t any more injuries,” Tomioka said.

The Entertainment Commission is expected to bring up the incident at a meeting at City Hall today. The commission suspended the club for three days despite the fact that the incident occurred outside.

Club owner Vilma Patel told The Examiner she and her crew were inside when the incident occurred. She said the doors were closed and she was not aware of the scuffle going on outside until her security personnel contacted her.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

 

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