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Gunman injures 3 after opening fire in San Francisco park; 1 of the injured in critical condition

San Francisco: At least one gunman opened fire Thursday at a popular San Francisco park packed with families and tourists, leaving three people wounded and sending dozens of panicked people running, witnesses and police said.

Police are looking for at least one gunman who fled the scene, San Francisco Police Officer Grace Gatpandan said.

San Francisco General Hospital spokesman Brent Andrew said one of the victims remained in critical condition Thursday evening. Another man was treated and released, he said. The third victim, also a male, is a minor and remains hospitalised but Andrew wouldn't provide any other details about him.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Nearby resident Antonia Juhasz said she was sitting in Dolores Park when she heard a burst of gunshots. "I saw a person with a gun in their hand running," she said. "I think there were a total of three shots."

Juhasz, 47, said she saw two people who had been shot. Both were bleeding as emergency workers carried them away on stretchers, she said.

San Francisco police advised people to stay away from Dolores Park right after the shooting but lifted that advisory two hours later. Dolores Park sits on a hill in the Mission District and is a popular destination for locals and tourists who come to sunbathe and take in city views. It's near a high school.

Juhasz, who has lived in the neighbourhood for more than 20 years, said the park was packed with families and tourists when the shots were fired.

"At first people didn't totally react because it sounded like fireworks," said Juhasz, a writer and freelance journalist. "I was yelling at people, 'It's actually a gun, it's actually a gun.'"

"It was terrifying, mostly because people weren't reacting," she added.

People began running after realising there had been gunshots, she said.


Updated Date: Aug 04, 2017 07:04 AM

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