Members of the San Francisco PD shot-and-killed a gunman at a construction site adjacent to St. Luke’s Hospital in the city’s Mission neighborhood. Police were called to the medical center at around 4:45 p.m. local time, according to SFPD Chief Greg Shur.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Gunman Acted Alone
One person has been killed in the shooting, reports KRON4. KTVU reports that the suspect has been “neutralized.” Police believe he acted alone. NBC Bay Area reports that police used flash bangs on the man prior to shooting him.
The attack has been described as an “officer-involved shooting” by ABC San Francisco.
2. The Suspect Is an Hispanic Male
CBS San Francisco reports that the suspect has been described as an Hispanic male with a white hat and wearing overalls. NBC Bay Area reports that his body could be seen slumped over a construction elevator after the shooting. He had been armed with a long-rifle. It’s not known if he fired any shots.
3. The SFPD Are Telling the Public to Avoid the Area
Police have cleared the area around the hospital, along Cesar Chavez Street, for two blocks.
4. Local Businesses Have Closed Up Shop After the Gunfire Rang Out
One business owner told CBS San Francisco that he heard two gunshots coming from a construction site by the hospital at around 4:30 p.m. local time. KTVU reports that a Salvation Army store close to the shooting closed its doors after hearing the gunfire.
5. Over 50,000 Patients Go Through St. Luke’s ER Every Year
St. Luke’s Hospital has been put on lockdown. According to US News & World Report, there are 785 beds inside the building which was founded in 1852. Nearly 30,000 people are admitted every year to the facility with over 50,000 ER admissions. The hospital was ranked No.5 in the San Francisco metro area in 2014.