San Francisco block party shooting: Javier Campos in an undated photo provided by San Francisco police.
According to authorities, the mass shooting at a block party in San Francisco on Friday night looked to be a “targeted and isolated” crime.
San Francisco police searched for a person of interest on Sunday. Following the investigation Police identified the suspect as Javier Campos.
Here’s what we know about the San Francisco block party shooting and the suspect Javier Campos.
What do we know about the shooting?
Following the shooting, the Police Department confirmed that 9 were injured and that all were expected to survive, although some had life-threatening injuries.
Investigations revealed that a man opened fire on the crowd as they celebrated the anniversary of the Dying Breed store, which sells its items inside Mission Skateboards.
The gunman was allegedly aboard a Mercedes Benz car with license plate 9BPT146, which is wanted by the authorities. Eight of the injured are men and one is a woman and were between the ages of 19 and 35.
The San Francisco Chronicle, citing police sources, indicated that the subject of interest has ties to southern gang members and has several outstanding arrest warrants for illegal possession of firearms and one for homicide in Oakland.
Condemnations from merchants, and residents
After the shooting, merchants, and residents condemned these acts of violence and showed their support for the affected business. “It’s hard to make sense of something so senseless. Here we are all trying.
We know about as much as the last news report, so unfortunately we won’t be good at any answers after that. Gratitude is a difficult concept after something while you still don’t believe it.
We saw our friends and neighbors selflessly tend to the injured without a doubt,” Mission Skateboards posted on Facebook.
“Our companions were the best and bravest San Francisco’s we could have hoped for, we will always be honored to have them in our lives. Grateful that everyone survived.
Words fall short today for anything. We are human, this shit hurts. All of you are there for each other today, please. We will be closed for the weekend.”
Who is Javier Campos?
According to the Chronicle, SFPD has identified Javier Campos as a person of interest in the investigation after security footage revealed gunfire emanating from a vehicle connected to him.
Authorities claim that Campos is associated with members of the Sureo gang. Additionally, according to reports, he is wanted for several gun-related offenses in San Mateo and Alameda counties as well as an Oakland homicide. He is said to drive a Mercedes and dwell in San Francisco.
In response to an incident that happened two days earlier, the police reportedly started looking for Campos on Sunday.
In this event, a person fired shots into the crowd as a car drove by an outdoor celebration at the junction of Treat Avenue and 24th Street, injuring nine people.
Despite some suffering from injuries that may have been fatal, the authorities have confirmed that all of the victims are expected to survive.
The clothing company Dying Breed, which shares a storefront with Mission Skateboards at 3045 24th St. and was celebrating its sixth anniversary, was the target of the gunfire. Additionally, it was aimed specifically at a huge outdoor party.
Ongoing Police Investigation
On Saturday, both companies released comments expressing their sympathy for the victims and their shock at the shooting.
Moreover, the shooting event had a connection to an earlier incident that happened outside the business during the late May Carnaval, according to Santiago Lerma, Hillary Ronen’s legislative assistant, who claimed on Saturday.
According to sources, the police have connected Campos to a Mercedes-Benz that was seen driving away from the shooting scene on security tape. The 2019 four-door sedan’s reported license plate number is 9BPT146.
Additionally, he is believed to be sought after in relation to an Oakland killing, though the specifics of the victim of that incident are still unknown.
In addition, Campos is said to be the subject of numerous active gun warrants in the counties of San Mateo and Alameda, though the details of those warrants are unknown.
Police chief condemns shooting
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott condemned the mass shooting and said investigations into the case are continuing.
“This type of violence in our streets is unacceptable. People should feel safe to go out in San Francisco without fear of being a victim of gun violence,” she said on Twitter.
“Investigators are working diligently and we will have a visible police presence in the community where this occurred,” he added.
Breed promises information
Mayor London Breed promised on June 10 that as soon as information about the shooting was available, it would be shared, although no further details had been provided as of Sunday.
“Last night’s shooting at the Mission is still under investigation. I know there are a lot of questions and concerns in the community, and people want answers,” Breed said.
“We are still working to understand exactly what happened and why, and we will share information as soon as we can.”
Last night's shooting in the Mission is still under investigation. I know there are a lot of questions and concerns in the community, and people want answers.
We are still working to understand exactly what happened and why and we will share information as soon as we can.
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) June 10, 2023
Moreover, the mayor asked the community that anyone with information about the case should call the San Francisco Police Department at 415-575-4444 or send a text message to TIP411.
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