Christmas Day Santa hat Tenderloin shooting suspect arrested

- San Francisco Police have arrested a suspect wanted for a Christmas Day shooting in the Tenderloin that was caught on video. 

SFPD Tenderloin Station and Narcotics Unit officers say they identified the shooting suspect as 27-year-old Fairfield resident Xavier Watson. A booking photo has not been released at this time. 

Police learned of the shooting on January 3rd. It happened on the 100 block of Eddy Street at approximately 8 a.m.  

Watson was taken into custody after the SFPD Narcotics Unit located him at the 4500 block of 3rd Street. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into San Francisco County Jail on multiple felony charges including willful discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, assault with a
firearm on a person, transportation for sale of a narcotic or controlled substance and possession of cocaine for sale.

The video shows an adult male wearing a Santa Claus hat, firing a gun at an occupied vehicle. 

The man takes out a handgun and fires into a black SUV stopped in the street. The car drives away and the suspect puts his gun in his jacket pocket and walks away. 

Bystanders on the street appeared to be unfazed by the incident. 

SFPD said their investigation also led to the identification of a 35-year-old male victim. He was not injured during the incident.

From SFPD:  Although an arrest has been made, investigators are asking anyone with information on this case to contact the San Francisco Police Tip Line at 415-575-4444 or Text-a-Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.
 

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