San Francisco shootout closes Market Street
By Tamara Barak, Bay City News Service
April 5, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Authorities briefly closed a block
of Market Street in downtown San Francisco this afternoon following
a dispute that ended in gunfire.
There were no reported injuries in the incident, which occurred
about 1:30 p.m. between Eighth and Ninth streets. All parties
had fled by the time police arrived.
The scene unfolded in front of Will Haskin as he was riding in
Haskin said two groups of young men in separate cars were involved
in the incident -- a white car that was pulled over to the curb
and a darker car that was in the middle of Market Street.
One of the young men in the white car got out of his vehicle
and began yelling at the other group, Haskin said.
The darker car tried to make a U-turn but was blocked by an F-line
San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency trolley and by Haskin's
taxi, he said.
The man who got out of the white car then pulled a gun out of
his pants, Haskin said, and fired five to six shots at the group
in the darker car as they turned around and sped off.
The gunman then jumped on the back of his friends' vehicle, which
sped down Larkin Street with him hanging onto the trunk, Haskin
Market Street was crowded with pedestrians, including a family
vacationing from Columbia, at the time of the shooting.
"It was really scary," Haskin said. San Francisco police
did not immediately return calls for comment.
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