Visitacion Valley shooting victim in stable condition, suspect still at large 

A man who was shot in the back has returned to stable condition after he and three other people were hit by a gunman at a Visitacion Valley home Wednesday morning.

The shooting occurred around 10 a.m. Wednesday when a gunman walked up to an open garage at 83 Arleta Ave. and opened fire on three men and a woman. The woman was grazed on the forehead with a bullet, but police did not specify what the other victims’ injuries were.

The shooter, described as a black male in his late teens, had not yet been detained as of Wednesday afternoon. After the shooting, he ran to a waiting brown sport utility vehicle and fled, police Capt. Louis Cassanego said.

The victims were all taken to San Francisco General Hospital. The man shot in the back was initially described as having sustained critical injuries, but was later listed in stable condition, according to hospital officials.

Police recovered at least 10 shell casings at the scene. Police Officer Albie Esparza said it appears the shooting was gang-related.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m., Mayor Gavin Newsom arrived at the crime scene. Newsom, who had just attended a groundbreaking ceremony in the nearby Bayview district, spoke briefly with investigators before leaving sometime before noon.

A woman who said she was a family member of the victims arrived at the home shortly after 11 a.m. She said the victims were the sons and daughter of an elderly woman who lived at the home and were caring for her after she recently suffered a stroke.

The elderly woman was taken out of the two-story home on a stretcher at about 11:45 a.m.

Cassanego described the neighborhood as “blue-collar” and usually “pretty quiet.”

kworth@sfexaminer.com

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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