Fatal shooting on SF Muni Metro train closes Castro Station; police searching for suspect


SAN FRANCISCO — Police in San Francisco are investigating a fatal shooting on a Muni Metro train that has shut down service between the Castro and West Portal stations as they search for the suspect.

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SF Muni shooting being investigated by SFPD at Castro Station.

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The SFMTA Twitter account posted shortly after 10 a.m. that police activity was causing Muni Metro delays at Castro Station. Shuttle buses were being set up to provide service between West Portal and Embarcadero stations.

Authorities confirmed that emergency crews and police are at the scene.

There were initial Citizen app reports of a possible shooting on a Muni Metro train, but at the time, San Francisco police not confirmed any details regarding the police activity.

San Francisco District 7 Supervisor Myrna Melgar later confirmed the shooting, saying that she was “informed by SFPD that a shooting occurred inside the train.” The double shooting happened between the Forest Hill and Castro stations.

She went on to say that two victims were shot, with one deceased and the second victim taken to an area hospital. She said police are searching for the suspect who ran out of the train at Castro Station.

She noted that there was not an active shooter at this time, but confirmed the suspect was still at large.  

Police later confirmed that one shooting victim was dead when officers arrived on the scene. The second victim, a bystander, was transported to SF General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police additionally said that they believe the shooting stemmed from an argument and was not random and that there was some prior motive between parties in the incident.  

San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Kathryn Winters said that the shooting was not a hate crime and had no connection to any sort of threat to the LGBTQ+ community in the days ahead of SF Pride weekend festivities.

“I just really want to assure, again, that our LGBTQ community members and those who are visiting our city from around the world for San Francisco Pride, that this incident does not appear to be related to Pride or targeting our LGBTQ community,” Winters said.

Police have not released any information or description of the shooting suspect so far.

The Castro Station will be closed for the next several hours for the police investigation. Muni Metro service remains stopped between West Portal and Castro stations, according to the SFMTA. Inbound and outbound subway service is operating between Church and Embarcadero stations, with bus shuttles supporting Metro service between West Portal and Van Ness stations.

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Services has advised people to stay clear of the area.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has video of what happened to contact the San Francisco Police Department.





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