Police Searching For Suspect in Shooting Near Westfield Mall in San Francisco

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    Police are searching for a suspect who shot a male victim multiple times near Powell Street in downtown San Francisco Sunday evening, a police spokesman said. NBC Bay Area's Christie Smith reports from San Francisco with more details.

    Police are searching for a suspect who shot a 19-year-old male victim multiple times near Powell Street in downtown San Francisco Sunday evening, a police spokesman said.

    At about 7:15 p.m., San Francisco police responded to the scene of a shooting just outside the Westfield Mall in the 800 block of Market Street near Powell Street, Officer Gordon Shyy said.

    Arriving officers found a victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to Shyy.

    The victim is still recovering and is expected to survive.

    The suspect fled the area on foot and remains at large, Shyy said

    "The first thing you’re thinking is, ‘Is there going to be more?’ and, 'Where’s the person who had the gun,' so it was chaotic," witness Becky Parks said. "But once I heard the cops coming, I felt a lot better."

    Police said they do not believe the shooting was random.

    "And we believe this was targeted, and so, hopefully that assures the public," SFPD Capt. Raj Vaswani said.

    The Powell Street BART station was temporarily shut down but has since reopened, BART officials said.

    Police said they hope surveillance video from surrounding businesses can help them.

    The suspect is described as a black male in his late teens to 20s, according to police. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt.

    Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the San Francisco Police Department at (415) 553-8090.