SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KTVU/BCN) - South San Francisco Police have identified a person of interest in connection to a double shooting-homicide Monday afternoon near Orange Memorial Park.
19-year-old Cristian Omar Cruz is said to be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information of his whereabouts is asked to call 911.
The shooting occurred near the park at West Orange Avenue and North Canal Street, according to a police dispatcher. Police responded to the scene at about 2:45 p.m. to calls of two people shot and wounded.
Police said three men got into an argument a few blocks from from the scene of the shooting and then it continued at Orange Park where three shots were said to be fired. Two men were shot in the abdomen, according to police, but a third ran away.
According to police, firefighters transported the two victims to San Francisco General Hospital's trauma center. One of the victims underwent surgery for a life-threatening injury, but later succumbed to his wounds and died. The other victim is in stable condition and recovering, according to police.
Cruz was last seen in possession of a handgun, and was fleeing on foot westbound through the park. He was said to be wearing a blue windbreaker with yellow stripes on its sleeves, should be considered armed, dangerous and at large. He is described as a Hispanic male, 5'7", and about 150 lbs.
Orange Park is off El Camino Real, near South San Francisco High. South San Francisco Unified Schools, said South San Francisco High School and Los Cerritos Elementary School were briefly placed on Secure Campus status this afternoon. Doors were locked, and entering and exiting campus was temporarily restricted. However, students and staff were not under a full lockdown as there was no perceived threat to our school communities. Students were able to exit safely when the secure campus status was lifted.
The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time.