Bystander killed, 4 others injured after San Francisco carjacking morphs into police pursuit

"It sounded like an explosion almost," a witness said. "I ran outside and I saw chaos."

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
A person was killed in a San Francisco carjacking on Tuesday after the driver of the stolen vehicle crashed into a bus stop during a wild police chase throughout the golden city, which also injured four others including innocent bystanders.

The incident occurred around 10 am on Tuesday when the San Francisco Police Department's south precinct responded to calls of a stolen vehicle near Folsom and Mabini St, according to Kron 4 news.

Upon arrival, officers located a matching vehicle description and enacted a pursuit which led to a police chase throughout the city, ending at 16th Street and Potrero Avenue when the suspect crashed the stolen vehicle into a group of bystanders at a bus stop, the outlet reports.

According to police, one person was killed in the crash, and four others were injured. Those injured were transported by San Francisco Fire to local hospitals and are in conditions ranging from critical to serious.

"Currently, we have a total of five victims ranging from critical to serious condition," Jonathan Baxter of the San Francisco Fire Department said.

Authorities said that the suspect was detained at the scene after a "physical struggle", and did not disclose if they were among the injured, according to the outlet.

Video of the incident shows victims being taken away from the scene on stretchers and loaded into ambulances. The crash also caused significant damage to a nearby restaurant called Boston Market, according to the outlet.

Photos captured by Kron 4 News shows multiple severely damaged vehicles with debris sprawled out on the city's streets, as well as a destroyed bus stop with people's personal belongings laying on the sidewalk.

Hector Martinez, the owner of Your New Barber, witnessed the aftermath of the crash and told that emergency responders spent ten minutes trying to resuscitate the person that died but were ultimately unsuccessful.

"It sounded like an explosion almost," Martinez said. "I ran outside and I saw chaos."

The San Francisco Police Department said this is still an active investigation and will release more information.


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