Ingleside Shoot-Out: Taraval Police Station Holding Remote Q&A As Gang Task Force Investigates Incident

A bullet-damaged windshield from the May 12, 2020, shooting.

INGLESIDE, San Francisco — In response to the May 12 shoot-out on Jules Avenue at Ocean Avenue in which dozens of gunshots were exchanged and a bystander was wounded, Taraval Police Station Capt. Nicholas Rainsford and SF SAFE announced today a remote informational Q&A for next week.

The announcement comes on the heels of Wednesday’s San Francisco Police Commission meeting in which Chief of Police Bill Scott said investigators believe the incident is related to a shooting at the Alice Griffith housing project in which more than 100 high-powered rifle shots were fired, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Scott said that the high number of gunshots and weaponry is a significant concern anywhere in the city and the police are working with other law enforcement agencies to stem the violence.

“We feel the incident was not random and it was out of character for the area,” Rainsford told The Light via email. “Fortunately nobody was seriously injured but one innocent bystander did suffer a non-life threatening injury.”

The police department’s Gang Task Force is investigating the incident in Ingleside but no arrests have been made as of Friday, May 22, according to police.

“Following the shooting witnesses reported observing a dark SUV and a light sedan fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed,” a police department spokesperson told The Light via email. “The [incident] is believed to have been gang-related and remains ongoing and active. We are not releasing further details of the incident as it could compromise the investigation. No arrests have been made.”

Rainsford will hold the Q&A on Wednesday, May 27, at 6:00 p.m. 

“Capt. Rainsford will provide as much info as possible regarding this active investigation, while SF SAFE will discuss how the community — via eyewitness accounts and cameras — can aid police in their efforts,” according to the news release about the meeting.

To RSVP for the meeting, click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdu9OJg0Xy1PXzuWWMQrsJP82t2M9r4Dh5_r7ZOb1sHztTGxg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1. For more information, contact SF SAFE at (415) 553-1984 or via email at info@sfsafe.org.

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