Muni driver shot by boys in Mission paintball attack

A Muni bus driver was randomly attacked by a group of boys with a paintball gun, according to San Francisco Police.

SFPD Spokesman Robert Rueca said the incident happened around 10:00 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Mission Street and Cesar Chavez. The bus driver was parked at a bus stop when three boys walked up and started shooting at the front of the bus with paintball guns.

Only the 36-year-old bus driver was on board and she stepped outside to look at the damage.

“She exited the bus and was shot multiple times with a paintball gun,” Rueca said. “When officers arrived they found a bus driver, shaken, and covered in what appeared to be paintball paint.”

The bus driver reportedly saw the three boys run away and one of them had a paintball gun. They’re between the ages of 10 and 14.

Police logs reportedly show this is the third paintball attack this month. Four men were reportedly shot at with paintball guns in the Bayview District on July 3. Another man was shot at near Bayview Park in a separate incident that allegedly occurred on July 9.

Investigators are looking for video from businesses in the Mission District or from the Muni bus to track down the boys responsible.

“For every case, we look at any common thread as far as subjects, or the motives operandi, the way things occur, so investigators are looking into that,” Rueca added.

A spokesman for SFMTA said the bus driver is doing well and was not hurt.

Anyone with information is asked to contact SFPD tip line at 415-575-4444.