A close call between a driver and pedestrian ended in critical injuries for the latter — but the harm was caused by a suspect wielding a gun, not a vehicle.
According to SFPD spokesperson Officer Gordon Shyy, SFPD responded to the typically-quiet intersection of Golden Gate Avenue and Broderick Street on reports of a shooting at 2:15 p.m. Sunday.
NBC Bay Area reports that a "near-miss" between a motorist and pedestrian at the intersection ignited an argument that ended with the driver shooting the pedestrian.
Witnesses who spoke with Hoodline said that the driver, "a man in his 20s or 30s driving a gray Honda sedan," fired two shots at the pedestrian, described only as male, as he stood at the southeast corner of the intersection.
There is a four-way stop, complete with crosswalks, at the intersection at which the shooting occurred. According to a witness who spoke with NBC Bay Area, the pedestrian was not in any of the crosswalks as he crossed Golden Gate.
That's when witnesses say, the pedestrian was approached by a driver traveling at "a high rate of speed," and had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck. "What are you trying to do, kill me?" the victim reportedly shouted at the driver, who then, witnesses told NBC, made a u-turn and returned to shoot the victim.
After the gunshots, witnesses heard the victim cry "please help, I've been shot," Hoodline reports. Witnesses aided the victim, who was struck in the chest and abdomen, until he was transported to San Francisco General Hospital in critical condition, Shyy says.
The suspect, who police do not believe knew the victim prior to the shooting, fled the scene and remains at large, Shyy says.
As always, SFPD urges anyone who knows there whereabouts of the driver, or who has any information on this case, to call their anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send an anonymous text to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the subject line.