San Francisco police have “neutralized” a gunman at St. Luke's Hospital in the Mission District this evening, authorities said. The suspect, identified by police Chief Greg Suhr as an Hispanic male in his 20s, was shot dead by police, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
Police responded to reports of an “active shooter” at a construction site next to the hospital at Cesar Chavez and Valencia streets at about 4:30 p.m. this afternoon. Witnesses reported hearing loud noises — either gunshots or flashbangs — from the vicinity of the roof of the construction site, where a replacement hospital for the aging St. Luke's is being built.
About an hour later, a police spokesman reported that the suspect has been “neutralized” after shots were fired by police.
The man, whose name has not yet been released, apparently robbed a Big 5 store in San Bruno to acquire a shotgun and a pistol before climbing to the top of the St. Luke's construction site.
Chief Suhr says suspect had pistol and stolen shotgun. Robbed San Bruno store before climbing building site, had shotgun aimed at St Luke's
— Michael Barba (@mdbarba) November 12, 2015
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Multiple OIS/active shooting at st Lukes hospital suspct neutralized please stay clear of area.
— Albie Esparza (@OfficerAlbie) November 12, 2015
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) November 12, 2015
A gunman with a rifle appears to be on the loose on the roof of St. Luke's Hospital on Cesar Chavez Street in the Mission District, according to reports.
— Bert0 (@Berto241) November 12, 2015
NBC Bay Area is reporting that a “shelter in place” has been ordered for anyone in the vicinity, at Chavez and Valencia streets, where a new hospital building is under construction next to St. Luke's, one of the city's older hospitals.
No other information is currently available, and police have yet to confirm any incident, but broadcast media are on the scene, and social media is plenty busy as well.
Looking north on guerrero from 29th, which is closed with flares, toward police activity at St Lukes. pic.twitter.com/iqvv2tHvIl
— Bëth Winëgarnër (@beth_winegarner) November 12, 2015
As of 4:53 p.m., police have surrounded the area. There are reports of “flashbangs” — akin to stun grenades, used by law enforcement and the military to incapacitate someone with light and noise — in the area on social media.
flashbang @ st lukes near mission district san francisco, its very tense in the mission district, hoping police and community stay safe
— HipHopChess (@hiphopchess) November 12, 2015
Multiple massive bangs just heard near St. Lukes Hospital. Active Shooter. Unsure if flash bangs or what.
— Thomas (@TD) November 12, 2015