Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 33 / 17 August 2017
 

Three shot in Dolores Park

Police at the scene of a shooting in Dolores Park Thursday, August 3. (Photo: Seth Hemmelgarn)

Police at the scene of a shooting in Dolores Park Thursday, August 3. (Photo: Seth Hemmelgarn)

Three people were shot in San Francisco’s Dolores Park Thursday afternoon, according to police, who said there are no suspects in custody.

Many details weren’t immediately available about the incident, which occurred at the pedestrian bridge and the statue of Miguel Hidalgo near Church Street, but police said it occurred at 3:05pm.

All victims were taken to a hospital for their injuries, but their medical statuses weren’t available.

Police said the victims were 16, 37, and 69. There are five suspects.

Antonia Juhasz, 47, was in the park when she heard three gunshots. When she got close to where the shooting had occurred, she saw someone holding a “smaller black handgun” in their outstretched arm who was running toward Church. She said all she saw of the person was their arm.

One of the victims was “an older white guy” and another victim had been covered, said Juhasz, who lives near the park.

She couldn’t see much of the victims police, who got to the scene “extremely fast,” had surrounded the scene by the time she got there.

Topher W., who didn’t want his last name published, was near the tennis courts on 18th Street when “I heard eight to 10 gunshots.”

He said he ran toward the shooting to make sure people were OK when a man told him to get an ambulance because his friend had been shot.

“He was walking. He was talking. He told me he was good. I was like, ‘Bro, you just got shot,'” Topher said of the victim. The victim’s friend told Topher that the victim’s 16. The teen eventually got in an ambulance.

Topher said another victim “seemed to be bleeding from the upper part of his body” and wasn’t moving, and he also saw a third victim. The third person was moving, he said.

He’d been having a conversation with someone and hadn’t heard what may have happened before the shots, which came “within 10 seconds, 20 seconds of each other,” he said. Topher, who’s 26 and lives on the Peninsula, said he hadn’t seen anyone with a gun, but he’d seen “a lot of people running away” right after the shooting.

The teen who was shot looked like “a regular kid,” he said. “He was wearing a polo shirt. He looked like a very normal kid.”

Manuel Oceguera, 19, said that he’d been walking down Dolores Street, on the other side of the park, when he heard “maybe three” shots.

“I was just like, ‘Oh, wow ,that’s not like fireworks,” said Oceguera, of Stockton, who saw about 10 people “scattering” from the park. He said he didn’t see the victims.

Police blocked off Church Street between 18th and 19th streets, and people were advised to avoid the area, but there were still many people lounging in the park about an hour after the shooting.

Several police officers were standing near the base of the bridge at about 4, and yellow police tape blocked off the stairs leading up to the area. Other officers were gathered in the middle of Church.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 415-553-0123.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, August 3, 2017 @ 6:45 pm PST
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