South San Francisco, Ca April 25, 2016 Submitted by SSFPD
On Apri l 25, 2016 at approximately 2:45 pm, South San Francisco Police officers responded on the report of a group of subjects having an altercation on the 600 block of First Lane. Prior to police arrival, additional information was obtained and it was reported the subjects involved in the altercation left First Lane and walked to Orange Memorial Park, just a few blocks away. While the subjects were at Orange Memorial Park, the altercation escalated and one of the subjects involved produced a handgun and shot the two other subjects. Each of the adult victims sustained a single gunshot wound to their abdomens. Both of the victims were transported by paramedics to San Francisco General Hospital ‘s trauma center for treatment. One victim was taken into surgery where he later succumbed to his injuries and died. The second victim is reported to be in stable condition and recovering.
The suspect was last seen still in possession of the handgun as he was fleeing the area on foot, westbound through the park. Schools and the community centers in the area were temporarily placed on “lockdown” while police conducted their initial investigation and contained the crime scene. An extensive and on-going investigation has led officers to a person of interest who is identified as 19 year-old South San Francisco resident Christian Omar Cruz. Cruz is considered armed and dangerous at this time and anyone who knows his current location is being asked to call 9-1-1 and notify local authorities i mmediately. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time.