Loaded handgun left at SF playground

December 3, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
San Francisco police are investigating who left a loaded handgun in a playground sandbox.

Children found the pistol at the Visitacion Valley playground Tuesday afternoon and told adults.

Police arrived before anything tragic happened.

Police say the weapon is a 380 Beretta, and that it was cocked, with a bullet in the chamber -- meaning it was ready to be fired, when the kids found it.

Investigators are looking into whether the same gun was used in a shooting Sunday at the intersection of Wilde Avenue and Rutland Street.

One person suffered injuries in that shooting.

No arrests have been made.