In spite of heightened security and police presence in the neighborhood for the weekend's Carnaval festivities, a suspect shot and injured a man in broad daylight Sunday evening in Dolores Park.
The shooting occurred around 5 p.m. near the tennis courts. Police in the area heard the shots and responded immediately to the scene. Despite gunshots being heard by attendees, the suspect was not identified or apprehended, and remains at large.
The victim's age and identity have not yet been released, but he was taken to SF General with non-life-threatening injuries to his stomach, as Mission Local reports.
While the Carnaval celebration and parade were over for the day, there were still large crowds in the area, as SF Gate reports. NBC Bay Area interviewed a local cafe employee who reported seeing a large commotion around 5 p.m., but did not hear gunshots. KPIX/CBS SF reports that multiple witnesses say they heard two gunshots.
Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, whose district includes Dolores Park, was able to communicate with San Francisco police during the time of the shooting, and was able to share the below.
I have been in contact with Captain Caltagirone of Mission Station about the shooting earlier this afternoon in Dolores Park. SFPD is currently on the scene and investigating.— Rafael Mandelman (@RafaelMandelman) May 27, 2019
While Dolores Park hosts large numbers of attendees on weekends throughout the year, crime in the immediate area is not particularly high. The last shooting in Dolores Park occurred in August 2017, when an altercation led to three victims being shot and injured, but all three survived.
The San Francisco Police Department is still investigating Sunday's shooting. Anyone with possible information regarding the case is asked to call the SFPD Tip Line at 415-575-4444, or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. Tips can be made anonymously.