At least nine shot during San Francisco Halloween
Two people in critical condition
By Erica Holt, Bay City News Service
October 31, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Two people are fighting for their
lives this morning after a shooting injured nine people during
the city-sponsored Halloween celebration, a police spokesman said.
Two shooting victims walked into San Francisco hospitals this
morning claiming they were wounded in the gunfire that injured
at least seven others despite increased police presence during
the colossal city-sponsored Halloween party Tuesday night, a police
Sgt. Neville Gittens said the shooting was reported shortly after
10:30 p.m. in the area of 2255 Market St. between 15th and 16th
streets among thousands of people just as the party was winding
At least two of the nine victims suffered life-threatening injuries
and one person was shot in the head.
"We have eight, maybe nine, victims,'' police Sgt. Neville
Gittens said. Police have not confirmed, he said, that two victims
reported this morning were involved in the shooting on Market
Street between 15th and 16th streets among thousands of people
just as the party was winding down.
"A couple of people just walked into hospitals and said
they were shot as a result of that shooting,'' Gittens said.
The shooting happened near the Arthur J. Sullivan and Company
funeral home's parking lot, according to the fire department.
Supervisor Bevan Dufty and Mayor Gavin Newsom had
said an 11 p.m. curfew would be enforced by increased security,
emphasizing that this year's celebration would be smaller and
safer after dangerous years past, including the 2002 stabbings
of five people.
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