SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Police in San Francisco were searching for a suspect vehicle after reports of shots fired and a related collision in the Lower Haight neighborhood late Monday morning.
According to a release from the SFPD’s Park Station, on Monday morning shortly before 11 a.m., officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area near the intersection of Buchanan and Herman Streets.READ MORE: High School Girl Sues San Mateo County, State of California to Allow Indoor Youth Sports
Arriving officers found an abandoned white sedan vehicle that had crashed into fencing outside the U.S. Mint building near that intersection as well as spent shell casings.
Police later located the driver of the vehicle who said that he was driving his vehicle when he and his passenger were shot at by an unknown suspect in a black vehicle. The second vehicle fled the scene.
The driver lost control of his vehicle, crashing into the fence. He and his passenger both fled the scene following the collision, police said.READ MORE: Longtime San Francisco Merchants Lament Recent Spike in Burglaries
Witnesses said one vehicle appeared to be pursuing the other as shots were fired.
“Cars were chasing each other. It was like a film from the 1980s,” said one man.
“I look out my window and see two cars coming up this block here,” explained area resident Stephanie Cirigliano. “The white vehicle was being chased by another car and being shot at. And I saw the back window being shot at and the side window and he crashed into the Mint.”MORE NEWS: Fed Judge in SF Approves $650 Million Facebook Privacy Lawsuit Settlement
Police said the driver was taken to a local hospital for the treatment of injuries that were not life threatening. Authorities did not have provide any information about the suspect or suspect vehicle aside from the suspect vehicle being black in color.