SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A teenage boy shot in San Francisco’s Sunset District Monday has died from his injuries, a police spokeswoman said.
Police responded around noon to a shooting near Sunset Boulevard and Kirkham Street about three blocks south of Golden Gate Park, police Officer Giselle Talkoff said. Police said the teen was driving at the time.
The victim, a 15-year-old boy, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Talkoff said. Police had previously said the victim’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.
The car, a white two-door sedan, was riddled with bullets.
The victim’s vehicle was loaded on a flatbed tow truck and removed from the area as police helped direct traffic around the scene of the shooting Monday afternoon.
Police were forced to close down several blocks of Sunset Boulevard while they investigated the shooting, but it has since been re-opened to the public.
Police noted that the victim was not old enough to be driving alone.
“Being the driver of the vehicle is definitely secondary at this point,” said SFPD Officer Robert Rueca. “Obviously he’s the victim of a homicide and that’s what we’re focused on. If that’s part of the situation that led to this incident, then we’re certainly going to figure that out.”
No suspect information was immediately available from police.
Police were calling the shooting an isolated incident.
“Right now it appears this victim may have been targeted, and so we don’t have information that this was a random act,” said Rueca. “There was a 16-year-old passenger in the victim’s car, and hopefully they’ll be able to help us piecing information about this incident.”
Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or to send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.
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