Bay Area/ San Francisco/ Crime & Emergencies
Published on October 10, 2015
Bystander Shot At Columbus & Broadway

Columbus Avenue and Broadway. Photo: Geri Koeppel/Hoodline

Tipster Jeff wrote on our North Beach Facebook page at 2:31am that there had been a shooting at Broadway and Columbus Avenue.

SFPD Capt. David Lazar confirmed that it happened at 2:14am today. A man and woman got into an argument with another man, who then left and returned in a vehicle. He fired a gun into the crowd, hitting a 27-year-old male bystander in the buttocks. He is in stable condition. We'll update the story when as we get further details.

The incident comes after we recently reported that much progress has been made to make the area safer. At the recent annual Top of Broadway Community Benefit District meeting, Capt. Lazar said, "We should change the name to Mayberry Street," because things had been so quiet.

The area had developed a reputation after earlier shootings, including one on Nov. 1st, 2014, in which shots were fired right across the street from a group of SFPD officers but no one was injured; another on Dec. 14th, 2014, at Columbus and Broadway, in which a man was seriously injured; and one in March of this year in which a man was shot in the shoulder after leaving a strip club on Broadway and Columbus.

Stephanie Greenburg, president of the Top of Broadway CBD, sent a statement saying, "I am very disappointed to hear about this. The community continues to work collaboratively to improve safety for all who live in, work in, and visit the area, and we are making great strides. I think most will agree such events are no longer the norm here. I am very sorry for the victim, and hope the suspect(s) are identified and held accountable."