One dead, one wounded and a gunman on the loose in a shootout on an SF train

San Francisco police on Thursday were still looking for a suspect who had shot two people, one fatally, on a MUNI train the day before.

The call was made just before 10 am from Forest Hill station, and officers arrived to find the train had departed, heading for Castro MUNI station, police said in a statement.

When the doors opened on Castro, both the shooter and the passengers got out and fled. The shooter fled.

Inside, police found two victims – a 70-year-old man who was taken to hospital with an injured knee and a 27-year-old man pronounced dead at the scene.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner on Thursday identified the dead man as Nesta Bowen.

Police posted photos of a “person of interest” from a video obtained of the incident.

“The SFPD is asking this person to come forward and speak with investigators,” the officers said in the statement, asking the public for help with any information.

The shooting appeared to have been targeted rather than random, police said. It occurred after the younger victim got into an argument with the shooter, San Francisco supervisor Myrna Melgar told KGO-TV.

“We know the shooting took place after a heated verbal argument,” Melgar told KGO.

The Daily News Flash

The Daily News Flash

Days of the week

Catch up on the top five stories of the day every afternoon of the week.

The 70-year-old was an innocent bystander, police said, and was not involved in the fight.

“SFPD would like to assure community members and visitors that this incident appears to be an isolated incident and we do not believe it is related to the LGBT Pride festivities or that it targets any group or community.”

Pride Parade is taking place this Sunday, and the Castro is scheduled to fill this weekend with people celebrating LGBTQ pride. Castro District Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who represents Castro District, said the victim and suspect appeared to know each other.

“It’s cold comfort, but it doesn’t feel like it was random,” he said. “It wasn’t someone who, you know, got on the train and started shooting, which would have been even more horrible. That was horrible enough.”

Few details emerged after the shooting on Wednesday, and it was unclear how crowded the train was.

Authorities believe it is the first shooting on a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency train, which is part of a network that includes trains, buses, streetcars and San Francisco’s iconic cable cars.

With news services

Leave a Comment