Police arrested a 16-year-old kid on suspicion of shooting a 5-year-old girl as she walked home from school with her father in the Bayview last month.
On October 12, police were tipped off to suspicious activity in the Kirkwood and Mendell area in the Bayview which is a known spot for gang activity and gun arrests. When police approached, one of the individuals took one look at the cops and took off running along with others in the group. As he fled, he was trying to remove a gun from his waistband, police said. He was arrested and booked on gun charges.
Among the fleeing group of teens, police recognized the suspect they were looking for in connection with the Sept. 20 shooting of the young girl, who was only injured in the crossfire.
Police caught up with the teen and arrested him on gun charges and assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked into jail, but police would not release his name because he is a juvenile.
Police say the suspect was shooting at another gunman in front of Torino Grocery Market on Third Street and Palou Avenue at about 4 p.m. on Sept. 20 when the girl was hit in the leg by a stray bullet. Police were able to identify the shooter via surveillance footage from a business in the area.
The corner has been a source of crime and blight for years; it also happens to be where young kids cross to get to school. Community members called on the city to do something about the increasing gun violence near this intersection.
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