SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Police in San Francisco on Tuesday night are investigating an officer-involved shooting on Market Street downtown that sent one man to the hospital.
The city issued an alert at 5:20 p.m. advising the public to avoid the area of Market and Fifth streets, noting that emergency crews are on scene.
ALERTSF: Avoid the area of Market St & 5th St due to Police Activity. Emergency crews are on scene.
— San Francisco Department of Emergency Management😷 (@SF_emergency) November 18, 2020
While details were limited, KPIX reporter Joe Vazquez was able to get confirmation from San Francisco Police Public Information Officer Robert Rueca that an officer had shot someone in the area of Market and 5th.
BREAKING: Officer-involved shooting in San Francisco. @SFPD PIO Robert Rueca confirms an officer shot someone on Market Street near 5th. The man was rushed to the hospital and is still alive, Rueca said. pic.twitter.com/bBqV9CLIk3
— Joe Vazquez (@joenewsman) November 18, 2020
Police did not immediately offer any details on the circumstances of the officer-involved shooting, but Rueca said that the person shot — a male — was rushed to an area hospital and was alive.
Police could be seeing behind crime-scene tape in an area of sidewalk in front of the Westfield San Francisco Centre entrance on Market Street.
Witnesses said there was a flurry of shots fired during the incident. One witness told KPIX that, during the aftermath of the shooting, one of the officers in the group of police surrounding the man who was shot raised his hand to show the crowd of onlookers that a knife had been recovered at the scene.
Police tweeted basic information about the shooting investigation at around 6:40 p.m., asking the public to avoid the area. SFPD Chief Bill Scott arrived at the scene shortly before 7 p.m.
⚠️ OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING ⚠️
Please avoid the area of Market/5th Streets as we conduct an OIS investigation. PIOs are on scene currently. Media Staging is at 5th/Market.
We will work to provide pertinent updates as they become available. pic.twitter.com/3OxAxWiobC
— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) November 18, 2020
Earlier, BART issued an alert that the Powell Street Station was shut down due to police activity at about 5:40 p.m. There was no confirmation so far that the station closure was related to the shooting, but BART officials tweeted that there was police activity at the street level nearby.
— SFBART (@SFBART) November 18, 2020
Trains were running through the station during the closure. It reopened by 6:15 p.m.
CBS SF is following this breaking story and will provide additional information as it becomes available.