CRIME

Gunman On Roof Reportedly Puts SF Hospital On Lockdown

Police shot the gunman to death after they said he fired at least one round.

A San Francisco hospital was put on lockdown Wednesday after a gunman who stole a shotgun from a sporting goods store made his way to a nearby rooftop construction site and fired at least one round, police said.

Three San Francisco police officers shot the man after a brief standoff. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said at a news conference Wednesday evening. There were no reports of other injuries.

The gunman was seen in a building under construction next to the hospital shortly after a shooting was reported to police, KRON reported.

Police secured the area by 5:10 p.m. NBC News reporters on the scene said the suspect was down and slumped over a construction elevator. San Francisco police spokesman, Officer Albie Esparza, said the gunman had been “neutralized," according to NBC. 

Witnesses at nearby businesses told KTVU that they heard gunfire. People who said they worked at St. Luke’s tweeted that they were locked down inside the hospital. Police reportedly deployed flash-bang grenades.

The man, armed with a pistol, robbed a Big 5 sporting goods store and stole the shotgun, police said at the news conference. It wasn't clear why the man opened fire after he reached the construction site, officials said.

This article has been updated with police comments from Wednesday evening's news conference.

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