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Armed man at large after shooting 2 people, 1 deadly, in the San Francisco train

Written by Javed Iqbal

The search continued Thursday for an armed man who shot two peoplea lethal, on a crowded Muni commuter train in San Francisco on Wednesday, police said.

The shooting took place around 10 a.m. as the light rail train was moving between the stations, according to San Francisco Police Department spokeswoman Kathryn Winters.

Winters said police were initially called to the city’s Forest Hill Muni station to get a report of a shooting, but the train had already been pulled away. Officers reached the train at the busy Castro Street Station, where they spotted the two victims, Winters said.

Late Wednesday, police released a photo of a person of interest in connection with the shooting.

Winters said the gunman and commuters aboard the train ran off as soon as it stopped and the doors opened at the station.

A gunman fatally shot a person and wounded another on a running light rail train in San Francisco, June 22, 2022.

KGO

Winters said a victim, a man, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another person was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The shooting took place ahead of this Sunday’s Pride Parade in San Francisco and in the heart of the city’s popular Castro district, which is expected to be filled with partygoers celebrating LGBTQ pride this weekend. Winters said preliminary evidence showed the shooting had nothing to do with next weekend’s activities or targeted the city’s LGBTQ community.

PHOTO: Police personnel meet outside the entrance to Castro Muni subway station after a shooting in San Francisco, June 22, 2022.

Police personnel meet outside the entrance to Castro Muni Subway Station following a shooting in San Francisco on June 22, 2022.

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San Francisco Supervisor Myrna Melgar told ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco that police informed her that the shooting took place during a confrontation that the gunman had with the victim who died.

“We know the shooting happened after a heated verbal altercation,” Melgar said.

It was not immediately clear whether the perpetrator and the deceased victim knew each other. She said the other victim who was injured was an innocent spectator.

Winters said Wednesday that murder detectives secured surveillance videos from the train and Forest Hill and Castro stations in hopes that there were footage of the shooting that could help them identify the assailant.

Police had released a vague description of the perpetrator, saying he was a man wearing dark clothes and a hoodie.

Melgar asked all commuters who were on the train and witnessed the shooting to contact police immediately.

This is a development story. Please come back for updates.

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