A search is underway, Wednesday, for a gunman who shot two people, one of whom was killed, on a crowded Mooney commuter train in San Francisco, police said.
The shooting occurred around 10 a.m. while the light rail was traveling between stations, according to San Francisco Police Department spokeswoman Catherine Winters.
Winters said police were initially called to the city’s Forest Hill Money station to report a shooting, but the train had already stopped. Winters said officers stopped the train at the busy Castro Street station, where they discovered the two victims.
She said the gunman and passengers on the train fled as soon as it stopped and the doors at the station opened.
Winters said one of the victims, a man, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another person was rushed to Zuckerberg General Hospital San Francisco and the injury center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The shooting took place ahead of Sunday’s Pride Parade in San Francisco and in the heart of the city’s famous Castro district, which is expected to be packed with revelers celebrating LGBTQ pride this weekend. Winters said initial evidence showed the shooting was not related to the upcoming weekend’s activities or directed at the city’s LGBTQ community.
Myrna Melgar, a supervisor in San Francisco, told ABC’s KGO-TV in San Francisco that police told her that the shooting occurred during a confrontation between the gunman and the victim who died.
“We know that the shooting happened after a heated argument,” Melgar said.
It was not immediately clear whether the gunman and the deceased victim knew each other. She said the second victim who was injured was an innocent bystander.
Winters said homicide investigators are providing surveillance video from the train and at Forest Hill and Castro stations in the hope that there will be footage of the shooting that can help them identify the attacker.
The police issued only a vague description of the perpetrator as a man in dark clothes and a hooded jacket.
Melgar asked any passengers who were on the train who witnessed the shooting to call the police immediately.
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