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SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN SF SHOOTING LEAD AUTHORITIES ON CHASE TO BAY BRIDGE, OAKLAND

Three suspects in a shooting in San Francisco’s Bayview District led authorities on a chase on the Bay Bridge and into Oakland early Sunday morning, a police spokeswoman said.

Officers were patrolling the area of Napoleon Street and Evans Avenue around 1:50 a.m. when they saw gunshots fired between a maroon SUV and blue vehicle, San Francisco police Officer Grace Gatpandan said.

The officers pursued the SUV as it went onto the freeway and continued east on the Bay Bridge, Gatpandan said.

Police continued to chase the suspects into Oakland with help from the California Highway Patrol, according to Gatpandan.

During the chase, one of the SUV’s occupants threw a handgun out of the car on the bridge’s eastern span, but police later recovered it, she said.

The SUV exited the freeway near Fruitvale Avenue and East Eighth Street in Oakland, crashed into a utility pole and came to rest near railroad tracks, she said.

The SUV’s driver and two passengers fled the vehicle but one of the three was taken into custody and treated at an Oakland hospital, according to Gatpandan.

The other two suspects remain at large, she said.

Officers in San Francisco were unsuccessful in their search for the blue vehicle involved in the shooting but were able to find shell casings at Evans Avenue and Rankin Street, Gatpandan said.

There were no reported victims in the shooting, she said.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the San Francisco police anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the start of the message.

MAN FOUND DEAD IN VIS VALLEY HOME, POLICE CONSIDER CASE A HOMICIDE

A 24-year-old man was found dead from head trauma in a home in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood on Friday and police are considering the case a homicide, a police spokeswoman said today.

The victim, identified by the medical examiner’s office as San Francisco resident Marcus Douglas, was found dead by officers responding at 5:08 p.m. Friday to a home in the 1500 block of Sunnydale Avenue, police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan said.

The case was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner but the cause of Douglas’ death has not been determined, Gatpandan said.

No suspect information was immediately available in connection with the death, she said.

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.

AAA OFFERING ‘TIPSY TOW’ PROGRAM ON CINCO DE MAYO

Cinco de Mayo revelers in the Bay Area who have too much to drink Tuesday night or early Wednesday can call AAA’s “Tipsy Tow” program and get a free car tow and ride home, AAA officials said.

The company will provide a free one-way ride and tow of up to 10 miles to the driver’s home between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday for people calling (800) 222-4357, AAA officials said. The driver’s passengers can also get a ride to the driver’s home if there is sufficient room in the tow truck.

People requesting the “Tipsy Tow” service don’t have to be AAA members, according to the company.

“Many people enjoy getting into the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, which tends to involve plenty of celebrating,” AAA Northern California spokeswoman Cynthia Harris said in a statement. “If you’ve been drinking alcohol, don’t get behind the wheel. Give AAA a call and we’ll make sure you get home safely.”

Callers cannot make a reservation in advance for the service, according to AAA.

(News Roundup Via Bay City News)