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San Francisco Officer Shot In Foot After Breaking Up Fight

San Jose Mercury News via YellowBrix

June 21, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO—A San Francisco police officer was shot in the foot early Saturday morning as he tried to break up a fight involving a large group of women outside a nightclub in the city’s Mission District, authorities said.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was on patrol when he saw several men trying to hold the women back around 1:30 a.m. outside the El Rincon nightclub, said San Francisco police Lt. Lyn Tomioka.

The officer and two rookie officers he was training had just separated the people who were fighting when someone opened fire, she said. At least four or five shots were reported.

The officer was shot in the left foot and suffered a fracture. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was in stable condition.

Police recovered shell casings near the scene of the shooting, but have not found a weapon, Tomioka said.

Shortly after the shooting, police detained two people in a Camaro about six blocks from the incident. The vehicle apparently matched the description of a car officers reported leaving the area of the shooting at high speed.

Tomioka described the people as “possible suspects,” but said they have not been arrested.

A recent spate of violence at city nightclubs has prompted concern among officials and residents.

In February, a gang-related shooting outside a Fisherman’s Wharf nightclub left one person dead and four wounded. The club was subsequently suspended for 30 days.

Tomioka said the city’s Entertainment Commission has shut the El Rincon nightclub down for business on Saturday night.

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