San Francisco Police on Wednesday night were looking for a brazen gunman who shot and killed a man on one of the city's busiest steets.
At around 4 p.m., a 20-year-old man was shot several times on Mission Street at Brazil in the city's Excelsior neighborhood.
"Anyone with disregard to public safety just opens fire it puts a lot of people, innocent people at risk of being shot as well," said SFPD spokesperson Albie Esparza said.
Police have not released the victim's name and were saying little about the suspect. However, there is a very good chance the shooting was not only witnessed by many passersby, but also caught on camera.
"Not only do we canvass the area by knocking on the doors to see if there are any witnesses but we also canvass the area for any surveillance cameras, whether they are inside the business or they're out in the street," Esparza said.
26-year-old Joe Alfonzo was visiting a friend in the neighborhood and said many people his age and younger seem to be desparate.
"People are trying to make money and live their lives but they get caught up with the wrong people and doing their business the wrong way," he said.
Mission Street was shut down for about three hours during the investigation, leaving electrified Muni buses stranded with no way through.
One driver said there was no way he could go around because of the overhead wires the bus used for power. A shuttle service to bypass the crime scene was set up to get passengers through.
Despite the violence, one longtime resident said this is a rarity in this gritty working class part of the city, a neighborhood she still loves.
"It's unfortunate that that happened, but I still just live this area. I love the Mission. I love San Francisco," said the woman, who only gave her name as Lisa.
San Francisco Police said they were working on a description of the suspect to release to the public.
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