SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police successful San Francisco were searching Thursday for a antheral who changeable and killed 1 idiosyncratic and wounded different wrong a subway bid and past fled erstwhile the bid stopped successful the Castro District, the city’s historically LGBTQ neighborhood.
San Francisco constabulary precocious Wednesday released a inactive photograph from surveillance video of a antheral they described arsenic a idiosyncratic of involvement and asked anyone with accusation to interaction authorities.
The man, who hasn’t been identified, is thought to beryllium the idiosyncratic who changeable a 27-year-old antheral to decease and wounded a 70-year-old antheral arsenic the bid departed the Forest Hill station, constabulary said.
The wounded idiosyncratic was a bystander who was taken to a infirmary with an injured knee, said San Francisco Supervisor Myrna Melgar, whose territory includes the Forest Hill neighborhood.
She said witnesses reported 3 oregon 4 shots and a “heated verbal argument” betwixt the fishy and deceased victim. She said the fishy ran retired with different passengers erstwhile the bid stopped.
Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who represents the Castro District, said the unfortunate and fishy appeared to cognize each other.
“It’s acold comfort, but it does not look that this was random,” helium said. “It was not idiosyncratic who, you know, got connected the bid and conscionable started shooting, which would person been adjacent much horrible. This was horrible enough.”
While authorities said the shooting was not connected to upcoming Pride events, the decease formed a glum commencement to the celebrations astatine a clip erstwhile members of the LGBTQ assemblage are experiencing heightened threats, including protests astatine libraries wherever resistance queens work to children. The presumption wherever the fishy ran retired is astatine the bosom of San Francisco’s celebrated Castro neighborhood, which is internationally known for its LGBTQ activism.
“There person been horrible incidents astir the state and adjacent successful the Bay Area. So radical are nervous, and I’m definite this doesn’t help. People should beryllium alert,” said Mandelman.
The shooting is believed to person been the archetypal ever connected a bid with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency — besides known arsenic Muni. The bureau operates astir nationalist transit successful the city, including trains, buses, streetcars and San Francisco’s iconic cablegram cars.
“The incidental that took spot this greeting is unnerving and yet different crushed wherefore we request to bash much to forestall weapon violence,” Melgar said successful a statement. “There are excessively galore guns retired successful our society, escalating a verbal statement into a senseless decease of a young life.”
Erica Kato, a spokesperson for the transit agency, said she did not cognize however galore passengers were connected committee but noted that wide ridership is astir fractional of what it was earlier the pandemic. She said ridership to San Francisco’s downtown halfway is adjacent less.
The shooting comes conscionable 4 days earlier San Francisco’s Pride parade, which typically draws thousands of radical from astir the world.
Still, sidewalk postulation was airy Wednesday morning.
“Never heard of thing similar this implicit here,” said Deeno Nasher, manager of the Castro Smoke House. “It’s benignant of concerning for this vicinity due to the fact that Pride is this play and they effort to beryllium harmless and unafraid arsenic possible, and for thing similar this to happen, benignant of puts them connected edge.”
San Francisco constabulary spokeswoman Officer Kathryn Winters said each Muni trains and subway stations person cameras, and constabulary were reviewing the footage.