Self-Driving Cruise Car Rendered ‘Reckless’ After SF Shooting Involving Multiple Victims

Around 9 p.m. Friday at 24th and Folsom streets, gunfire erupted on the Mission District block; at least seven people were allegedly injured.

Incidents of violent crime have increased since San Francisco District Attorney Booke Jenkins took office in July of last year, replacing former DA Chesa Boudin — who was ousted in a recall election, pedaled by right-leaning moderates and conservatives. Make no mistake of this; it’s a fact; don’t let any PAC tell you otherwise.

SF remains rife with gun violence, and a Friday evening shooting in SF’s Mission District sits as an unflinching, uneasy reminder of this reality.

Twitter user [at]paulvaldezsf uploaded two videos Friday showing at least one “reckless” car from the autonomous driving company Cruise car sitting motionless while an on-site SFPD officer is heard calling for medical aid. It also appears that the self-driving vehicle — one of around 240 operated by Cruise in San Francisco — blocked emergency crews from adequately reaching the scene.

The other video shows multiple emergency response vehicles descending on the location.

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDPEM) tweeted that people should “avoid the area of 24th St and Treat Ave due to Police Activity,” at 9:25 p.m.; SFDPEM noted that traffic delays are to be expected, and those traveling throughout the area should “consider alternate routes, and allow for additional travel time.” It’s unclear if the alert remains active, as of publishing.

Reports from SFPD remain preliminary and vague. (It wasn’t even clear in the initial reports from SFPD how many victims were involved.) Jackie Fielder, who recently announced her candidacy to represent District 9 — which includes the Mission District — on the SF Board of Supervisors states at least seven people were harmed during this episode of gun violence. 

“My heart breaks to hear about seven people struck by gunfire on 24th street in the Mission,” Fielder writes on Twitter, noting that all victims from the incident were transported to City hospitals.

“This kind of gun violence is unacceptable,” she continues.

No arrests have been made in relation to the multiple-victim shooting; the alleged suspect was last seen fleeing in a burgundy sedan.

*This is a breaking news story, and we’ll continue updating this article as more information becomes available.

Feature image: Courtesy of Twitter via [at]paulvaldezsf

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