One dead, one injured, gunman loose in shooting on SF train

Police in San Francisco were still looking for a suspect on Thursday who had shot two people, one fatally, on a MUNI commuter train the day before.

The call came in from Forest Hill Station just before 10am, and officers arrived to find that the train had departed, headed for Castro MUNI Station, police said in a statement.

When the doors opened at Castro, both the gunman and the commuters rushed out and fled. The shooter has escaped.

Inside, police found two victims: a 70-year-old man who was taken to hospital with an injured knee, and a 27-year-old man who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner on Thursday identified the dead man as Nesta Bowen.

Police posted photos of a “person of interest” from a video obtained of the incident.

“The SFPD is asking this person to come forward and talk to the investigators,” the police said in the statement, asking the public for help with information.

The shooting appeared to be targeted rather than random, police said. It happened after the younger victim got into an argument with the gunman, San Francisco Supervisor Myrna Melgar told KGO-TV.

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

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The 70-year-old was an innocent bystander, police said, and not involved in the altercation.

“The SFPD wants to assure community members and visitors that this incident appears to be isolated, and we do not believe it was related to Pride festivities or targeted at any group or community.”

The Pride Parade will take place this Sunday and the Castro will be filled with people celebrating LGBTQ pride this weekend. Castro District Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who represents the Castro District, said the victim and suspect appeared to be acquaintances.

“It’s cold consolation, but it doesn’t seem like this was random,” he said. “It wasn’t someone who, you know, got on the train and just started shooting, which would have been even more horrible. This was terrible enough.”

Few details emerged after Wednesday’s shooting and it was not clear how busy the train was.

Officials believe it is the first-ever shooting of a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency train, which is part of a network of trains, buses, streetcars and San Francisco’s iconic funiculars.

With News Wire Services

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