SF police sergeant injured in possible gang crossfire

December 6, 2009 6:49:51 PM PST
A San Francisco police sergeant was injured by crossfire Sunday after finding himself in the middle of a possible gang fight, right outside a police substation in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood.

Police say a gang fight is just one of the scenarios they are considering. They are also considering another scenario in which the police station and the officers there were the actual targets. The police station is located in the corner of a Public Housing Authority apartment building.

One bullet hit the security gate there and a sergeant was inside the station when he heard the gunfire. He told ABC7 he stepped out and could hear the bullets whizzing through the air around him. A fragment hit him in the cheek but he is okay. He also saw two men running away from the scene

It was around 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Sunnydale and Hawn, an area known for gang violence. Police Chief George Gascon visited the scene when he heard what happened.

"I'm very angry, you know? I'm very angry," he said. "This is clearly something that is of great concern to me. The safety of our police officers is very important not only to me, but to the city. At this point we're not sure if we were the target, but nevertheless, we had an officer that was slightly injured and we're going to work very hard to get to the bottom of this."

Gascon said a rifle was found about one block away from the scene of the shooting. No arrests have been made.


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