SAN FRANCISCO – A man was killed and another injured in a shooting on a San Francisco subway on Wednesday that ended days before Pride celebrations in the city’s historic LGBTQ district, police said.
The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. on a commuter train leaving a residential station bound for the station in the Castro district. There, officers found two victims, one dead at the scene. The other person, a bystander, was taken to a hospital with an injured knee, said Myrna Melgar, a San Francisco supervisor whose district includes the Forest Hill residential station.
She said witnesses reported three or four shots and a “heated verbal argument” between the suspect and the deceased victim. She said the suspect ran away with other passengers when the train stopped.
Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, representing the Castro District, said the victim and suspect appeared to know each other.
“It’s cold consolation, but it doesn’t appear that this was accidental,” he said. “It wasn’t someone who got on the train and just started shooting, which would have been even more terrifying. That was awful enough.”
While authorities said the shooting was not related to upcoming Pride events, the death gave the celebrations a somber start at a time when members of the LGBTQ community are facing heightened threats, including protests at libraries where drag queens read to children. The station where the suspect ran away is in the heart of San Francisco’s famed Castro neighborhood, known internationally for its LGBTQ activism.
“There have been horrific incidents across the country and even in the Bay Area. So people are nervous and I’m sure that doesn’t help. People should be vigilant,” Mandelman said.
Police on Wednesday released few details about what happened or how many people were on the train, although Melgar initially took to social media to say the train was full. They have not released any information about the victims or the suspect but said the public is not at risk.
The shooting is believed to be the first on a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency — also known as Muni — train. The agency operates most of the city’s public transportation system, including trains, buses, streetcars and San Francisco’s legendary cable cars.
“The incident that occurred this morning is disturbing and another reason why we need to do more to prevent gun violence,” Melgar said in a statement. “There are too many weapons in our society that would escalate a verbal argument into a senseless death of a young life.”
Erica Kato, a spokeswoman for the transit agency, said she doesn’t know how many passengers are on board, but noted that the total number of passengers is about half what it was before the pandemic. She said ridership in downtown San Francisco is even lower.
Filming takes place just four days before San Francisco’s Pride Parade, which usually draws thousands of people from around the world.
Despite this, sidewalk traffic was light on Wednesday morning.
“I’ve never heard of anything like this over here,” said Deeno Nasher, manager of the Castro Smoke House. “It’s kind of concerning for this neighborhood because Pride is this weekend and they’re trying to be as safe and secure as possible and when something like that happens it kind of makes them nervous.”
Police were looking for a man who was described as wearing only dark clothing and a dark hooded jacket.
San Francisco police spokeswoman Kathryn Winters said all Muni trains and subway stations have cameras and police are reviewing the footage.
Subway operations were restored in the afternoon.
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