06/27/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Details of the shooting that marred the night before the 40th anniversary of SF Pride have trickled in. Few details are really well known other than the shooting took place not far from a heavy police presence. Police, according to one witness, used tear gas to disperse the crowd, but that only added to the confusion and pandemonium at the scene because very few people knew what was going on and because of the noise, many people did not realize that there was a shooting at all. Adding to the confusion would be the fact that some people may not have known what gun fire sounds like.
The event happened in front of the Pottery barn near the crosswalk before the intersection. After the shooting, some people tried to get away, and that was only exacerbated by the use of tear gas to disperse the crowd that was suppose to be there. There were between four and five shoots fired, and three people were wounded. One young man, a 19 year old, was wounded in the chest and may have taken two or three of the bullets fired. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition and his current condition is still unknown. His wounds have been described as life threatening. The other two, a 19 year old woman and a 27 year old man, were both wounded in the leg.
Some people have expressed concern regarding the shooting possibly putting an end to Pink Saturday, which is a celebration that leads up to the main Pride festival the following Sunday.
LGR is still trying to get more information regarding this particular shooting and we will report upon it as information comes in.
((I am highlighting this particular part for the next person who wants to come in and lambast me for writing up and printing the eyewitness reports that I have received. This is an ongoing story and if you do have actual information that disproves that this happened, please send that information to either firstname.lastname@example.org. Any complaints directed towards me for reporting what I had shall forthwith be dumped into the trash bin as irrelevant. Like any news operation, we must go on the reports as they come in.))