There was some craziness in northeast Bernal Heights on Saturday night. Perhaps you saw it on the Twitter. Perhaps you heard the heat-seeking CHP helicopter hovering overhead. Perhaps you listened to it on ScanSF. Or perhaps you had had several heavily armed police officers stationed in your backyard.
It was a big deal.
After shooting a man in the Tenderloin on Saturday night, a car full of baddies led the SFPD on a chase to Florida at Precita, and that’s when things got really intense. Rob Nagle from the SF Examiner picks up the story:
The shooting occurred at Leavenworth and Turk streets about 10:30 p.m. when a 35-year-old man riding a bike was shot by one of four men who fled the scene in a 4-door sedan. Before fleeing the scene, one of the suspects took a necklace and some pills from the victim, police Officer Gordon Shyy said.
Officers located the vehicle and pursued it onto Highway 101 through various police districts.
The suspects reportedly abandoned the vehicle at Precita Avenue and Florida Street and fled on foot. Two suspects were taken into custody and two are still outstanding.
Several firearms were recovered in the vehicle, Shyy said.
The suspects arrested were identified as 25-year-old Timon O’Connor and 24-year-old Phillip Ridinger, both San Francisco residents. They were both booked on numerous charges including attempted homicide, robbery, conspiracy, possession of narcotics, evading police and carrying concealed firearms.
O’Connor was reportedly found hiding in the trunk of a car in a garage in the 500 block of Precita Avenue and Ridinger was apparently located at Folsom and Cesar Chavez streets, Shyy said.
Wait. Did you catch that? One of the shooting suspects was found hiding the the trunk of a car parked in a Bernal neighbors garage.
Ugh. Via Neighbor Sarah, Captain Falvey at Ingleside provides some additional detail:
The events started with a robbery in the Tenderloin. A necklace was ripped off the victim’s neck (this kind of robbery has picked up, by the way), and then one of the muggers shot him. A witness got a partial license plate number and gave the make/model of the car, which was then spotted by one of the Tenderloin patrol cars. The car took off, leading the police on a chase up Van Ness and Mission. The car was then ditched in the Precita area, and some officers responding to the scene encountered two groups of two men each, one going one way and one going another. One of the groups seemed to match the suspect descriptions from the Tenderloin robbery, so they followed those two. One was eventually arrested while talking on his cell phone as if nothing had happened. The other was found hiding in a car in a garage, as has been reported. The police arrested them and recovered two weapons. The two guys arrested were identified as the shooters. So it’s not clear if the other group of two guys had anything to do with these guys, but the police are still investigating that. The two guys who were arrested had addresses a few blocks away in the Mission.
To experience the madness as it happened, here is an audio archive of SFPD dispatch communications during the incident.
PHOTO: SFPD on Precita Saturday night, by Stephani Ramirez