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Meeting planned to discuss officer-involved shooting

Sunday, September 23, 2012
After two consecutive nights of vandalism in San Francisco, police are trying a new tactic while neighbors say theyve had enough. Protesters vandalize US Bank in the Mission It was a chaotic scene in San Franciscos Mission District Thursday night when an officer shot and wounded a reputed gang member, sparking a spontaneous protest against the police shooting. Protesters vandalize Mission police station after shooting

San Francisco police will hold a town hall meeting on Monday in response to an officer-involved shooting that sparked two nights of vandalism in the city's Mission District.

The shooting that enraged protesters was reported at 8:06 p.m. Thursday on the 200 block of 14th Street. According to Sgt. Michael Andraychak, two plainclothes officers from the department's Gang Task Force were working along with two probation officers in separate vehicles in the area when they saw two people they thought they recognized as gang members.

One of the officers attempted to talk to one of the two people who ran from police with the officer in pursuit. While running, the suspect pulled a gun, later determined to be a TEC-9 pistol, and the officer ordered him to drop the weapon. Instead, police say the suspect turned toward the officer and began to raise the pistol. The officer, fearing for his life, shot at the suspect.

The suspect was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries. Police say they recovered the man's gun at the scene and found it loaded with 25 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

Dozens of protesters surrounded the police station on Valencia Street at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Vandals spray-painted the word "killers" onto the front doors of the building.

Protesters returned Friday, with about 50 people marching down 18th Street. Cell phone video shows someone breaking away from the group and pushing over tables and throwing paintballs at a restaurant called Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana. Lorenzo Lecce says he was working there that night, "I was standing by the door and I hear something very loud outside. Basically someone starting to throw chairs and tables by the window and they also had a gun with spray color and they started spray all over the window." Protesters also broke windows at the US Bank and Wells Fargo.

The town hall meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Cornerstone Church at 2459 17th Street.

Anyone with information about the shooting has been asked to call San Francisco police at (415) 553-1145 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

(Bay City News contributed to this report)

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