Police were at the scene of the multi-person shooting late into the night. District Attorney-elect Steve Wagstaffe arrived on the scene around 11 p.m. and spoke with the coroner.
South San Francisco police have confirmed a total of six people were shot; two are dead, one person is in critical condition, and three victims have non-life threatening injuries and are being treated at area hospitals.
Investigators still do not know why this happened and they have not released the names of anyone involved, but they are looking for three suspects. The suspects may be driving a brown Chevy Impala, a 2000-2002 model vehicle, with tinted windows.
Police also confirm this is an area known for its gang problems, but they will not say if this was a gang related shooting.
Wednesday evening, investigators set up a perimeter and were looking for the suspects, while a lot of people who live in the area continuously stood by to watch. The residents in the area are very concerned.
"It's scary, you know. I've got kids. I got four kids, it's too dangerous around here," said Ezra Burbina, a resident.
"We had a little trouble before in this part of town and nothing to this degree. And I did get a call tonight that there was more than one fatality. This hits this particular part of town very, very hard and it's right before Christmas," said City Councilmember Mark Addiego.
"They're checking door-to-door, they're checking with people that are on the street. There's a bunch of stuff that they're doing. I believe I saw a bunch of sheriff's officers. I don't know if they're from a task force or what, but there's a bunch of difference agencies that are here, as you can tell right now," says South San Francisco Police Sgt. Joni Lee.
The police planned to stay for several more hours, trying to piece the whole thing together.
Those who live around here also say this area is very violent; several shootings have taken place here over the last few months.