Tourist Robbed, Shot in San Francisco; Suspects in Custody After Manhunt: SFPD

Two suspects were arrested Tuesday following a shooting in a popular San Francisco tourist destination and a car chase over the Bay Bridge and into the East Bay, police said.

The shooting was reported at 12:09 p.m. near the corner of Lombard and Jones streets in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood, only about a block from the famous crooked section of Lombard Street, San Francisco police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said.

Police said a male tourist from Thailand was shot in the torso and had an expensive camera stolen. Authorities said his wounds were not life-threatening and that he was discharged from the hospital late Tuesday.

During the investigation earlier in the day, tourists gawked at the crime scene while cars behind them twisted down the section of Lombard known as the "Crookedest Street in the World."

"We've been told there are neighborhoods to avoid at night, but this wasn't one of them,” one tourist who spoke with NBC Bay Area said.

Tour bus driver Andrew Andres said the shooting victim was his passenger and part of a group of military pilots from Thailand's Royal Air Force that landed at Travis Air Force Base Tuesday morning.

"Thank God he's OK," Andres said. "The bullet penetrated his left arm, came out the other side. Hoping there is no bone fracture or injury, just flesh."

Two suspects sped away from the shooting scene toward the freeway. San Francisco police pursued the suspects over the Bay Bridge with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, Manfredi said.

Eventually they got off the freeway and one of the suspects was taken into custody after the driver crashed in the 1000 block of 60th Street in Oakland. Streets were shut down in the area, near the Emeryville border, while police from multiple agencies searched for about three hours.

Oakland police said shortly after 3 p.m. that the second suspect had been arrested.

San Francisco Supervisor Julie Christensen, who represents the Russian Hill neighborhood, said in a statement that she was "troubled and angry" about the shooting of a tourist near a popular destination.

"There are no apologies or wishes that can adequately offset the impacts of this vicious crime," she said. "I urge anyone with any information about this incident to contact the Police Department with information."

The search involved officers from the San Francisco, Oakland and Emeryville police departments as well as the CHP.

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